Welcome to the Department of Public Health and Healthcare Leadership (PHHL)

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Creating a Healthier Community Together Through Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service.

The Department of Public Health and Healthcare Leadership (PHHL) offers a variety of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, along with accelerated degree options, to prepare students for employment, career advancement, and lifelong learning in the fields of healthcare administration, health sciences, and public health. From preparing our next generation of health leaders to engaging in innovative research and service in the community, our experienced faculty team supports a diverse student population in achieving their professional goals.

PHHL is located within the vibrant interprofessional, healthcare learning community of Waldron College of Health and Human Services and Radford University Carilion. Our programs are delivered in a 100% online or hybrid format, with full or part-time options. We aim for our programs to be accessible and flexible for working adults. Programs are transfer-friendly and include valuable practical experiences to integrate, apply, and synthesize course knowledge.  

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High impact experiences including capstone projects, internships, and service learning opportunities.


All programs are 100% online offering flexibility for working professionals.


Geared toward students from all walks of life - new, transfer, returning. We have a place for you.


  1. Healthcare leadership graduate has deep connections with RUC’s location, programs »


    Olivia Simmons, ’16 has many memories of and connections to Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, now home to Radford University Carilion. From the time she was born until well after her graduation from college, she would return again and again to the downtown Roanoke landmark.

  2. Master of Healthcare Administration graduate brings diverse background to leadership roles »


    Peri S. Braxton-Sears ‘22, a graduate of the Master of Healthcare Administration program at Radford University Carilion, says you are your greatest barrier, if you allow it. Her inspirational story about earning her master's degree and using it to develop a thriving career just might make you think twice about making the leap in your own post-grad educational journey.

  3. The Master of Healthcare Administration program was a perfect fit for healthcare communicator »


    Hannah Curtis, M.H.A. ’20, had a thriving career with Carilion Clinic as a media relations specialist and public information officer when she decided she wanted to build on her professional experience with a graduate degree. For Curtis, the Master of Healthcare Administration program at RUC was a natural fit.

  4. Growing as an educator through the Doctor of Health Sciences program at RUC »


    Julia Castleberry, DPT, D.H.Sc., ’21 says the Radford University Carilion Doctor of Health Sciences program offers a self-paced curriculum and 100% online coursework, which helps professionals to work on their terminal degrees in harmony with the other demands in their lives. For her, that included working full-time, raising her sons, caring for a small farm and commuting long distances for work.

  5. Doctor of Health Sciences graduate elevates her career in leadership and teaching »


    While balancing a busy schedule working at Carilion Clinic and a packed family life with her husband and two children, Amy Kageals , D.H.Sc. ’20, M.S.’00, CCC-SLP was able to earn her Doctor of Health Sciences degree at RUC at her own pace in the flexible program designed for working professionals.

  6. From struggling student to educator thanks to the RUC Doctor of Health Sciences program »


    The academic career of Daniel Gochenour, D.H.Sc., RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, ’21 wasn’t always rosy. With the help of mentors and a new-found passion for respiratory therapy, he turned his educational pursuits around and excelled. Today, he is an educator thanks to the Doctor of Health Sciences program at Radford University Carilion.