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Community, Management & Policy Practice Concentration

The Community, Management & Policy Practice Concentration (CMPP) prepares social work students to solve community and social problems by managing and leading organizations, organizing and developing communities, and changing public policies.

CMPP alumni work in a wide variety of fields: family violence, affordable housing, child welfare, community economic development, public policy, LGBT rights, health and mental health services, early childhood development, women’s reproductive health, employment training, social entrepreneurship and more. Our alumni work mostly in and with public agencies and nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of roles such as:

  • Executive Director
  • Program Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Policy Associate
  • Program & Evaluation Director
  • Community Organizer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Housing Specialist
  • Director of Community Relations
  • Grant Writer
  • Director of Development

    To prepare students for roles such as these, some of the skills we focus on include: 

  • Grant writing
  • Communication & conflict management
  • Using evidence-based practice
  • Organizing advocacy campaigns
  • Staff supervision
  • Communicating with policy makers
  • Budgeting
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Grassroots community organizing
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy Analysis


We help students develop these skills through teaching courses such as Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities, Health Access and Health Disparities Policy, Poverty Policy, Community Practice: Global Perspectives, The Facilitative Leader & Nonprofit Financial Management.

Students also learn through field placements* – working at an organization 2-3 days a week. In their concentration year, CMPP students do their field placements with organizations such as:

  • Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Chatham County Department of Social Services
  • Child Care Services Association
  • Communities in Schools - Durham
  • Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research
  • Durham CAN
  • The Durham Center
  • Durham Partnership for Children
  • Democracy North Carolina
  • Equality North Carolina
  • Latino Community Credit Union
  • National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter
  • North Carolina AIDS Action Network
  • North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs
  • North Carolina Housing Coalition
  • North Carolina IDA and Asset Building Collaborative
  • Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina – Action Fund
  • UNC Office for International Affairs – Carolina for Kibera
  • Volunteers for Youth
  • Wake County Human Services

    * Note: this is not a complete list and does not include organizations outside of the Triangle region.

    In this video made by UNC School of Social Work students, they discuss what it means to be a social work macro practitioner, and the benefits of the MSW program's Community, Management and Policy Practice concentration option.