University of Lynchburg is launching three new master’s programs that will not only increase the skill level of successful graduates, but will also be beneficial to the communities they will serve. The new programs will begin in the fall semester and will focus on public health, criminal justice leadership and nonprofit leadership studies.
The master of public health is a one-year full-time program that will feature a concentration in community health, which includes specialized training in health promotion and education methods, health communication, program planning and evaluation and program administration. The curriculum is based on core competencies as defined by the Association of Schools of Public Health, and successful candidates will be prepared to take the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Exam to become Certified Health Education Specialists.
The master of criminal justice leadership is a 30-credit hour cohort program that can be completed in five semesters. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach to criminal justice education that explores theories of leadership and management, innovative practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness, the design, implementation and evaluation of policies and practice, and the study of administration of public and private agencies such as law enforcement, court agencies, corrections departments and private security firms. .
The master of nonprofit leadership studies is an applied learning program that is offered in the executive format (four weekends per semester and three weekends in summer). The curriculum focuses on innovative management models, strategies and tools that will prepare existing or aspiring nonprofit practitioners to use leadership and management tools to create high-performing nonprofit organizations. The 30-hour cohort program can be completed in two years and includes a service learning component with local nonprofits and foundations.
For further information on these programs, contact Dr. Edward Polloway, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, 434.544.8566 or