ArticleThe Crucible of Public Health Practice: Major Trends Shaping the Design of the Management Academy for Public HealthJohnson, James H. Jr PhD; Sabol, Barbara J. MA, RN; Baker, Edward L. Jr MD, MPHAuthor Information James H. Johnson, Jr, PhD, is Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and William R. Kenan Jr Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Barbara J. Sabol, MA, RN, is Program Director, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan. Edward L. Baker, Jr, MD, MPH, is Director, North Carolina Institute for Public Health; Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. Corresponding author: James H. Johnson, Jr, PhD, Urban Investments Strategy Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Campus Box 3440, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: September-October 2006 - Volume 12 - Issue 5 - p 419-425 Buy SDC AbstractIn Brief Public health leaders and managers need new leadership and management skills as well as greater entrepreneurial acumen to respond effectively to broad demographic, socioeconomic, and political trends reshaping public health. This article asserts that the need for such training and skills was the impetus for the conceptualization, design, and launch of the Management Academy for Public Health—an innovative executive education program jointly offered by the schools of business and public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The authors describe the demographic, socioeconomic, and political trends reshaping public health in the 1990s and today that went into the design of the Management Academy for Public Health. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.