Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Oreyane Tate graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a pre-medical student, with distinction in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication Studies and Chemistry minor. During undergrad, he co-founded and co-directed Xcel: Advising Program for Minorities in STEM, a student-led organization focused on increasing the representation and retention of underrepresented, minority students in STEM. Additionally, Oreyane participated in some of the most prestigious programs in the country: the Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, D.C., and the Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) at Columbia University Medical Center. While participating in the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Oreyane interned at Children’s National Health System, where he served as the interim research coordinator managing the Four Corners Youth Consortium database, a national multicenter concussion registry. During participation in SPHSP, he interned at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and worked with the Clinical Community Program Linkages team to build capacity for the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. These opportunities enabled Oreyane to understand and appreciate the intersectionality of politics, economics, sociology, and health.


B.A. | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | 2020 Interpersonal & Organizational Communication Studies

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Career Goals:

Oreyane is an aspiring physician who will leverage his public administration and medical background to work at the nexus of policy and practice. The MPA degree will refine his leadership skills and deepen his understanding of how to wield the resources of organizations to promote community health and wellness.


Relevant Work Experience:

For the 2020-21 academic year, Oreyane served as a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to supporting various functions within the offices of the chancellor and provost, he collaborated with senior leadership, faculty, staff, and students across campus to design and implement pan-university initiatives, such as the university’s strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. Alongside senior administrators, he served on the Roadmap Implementation Team to institute administrative decisions and advise executive leadership on policies and communicative strategies to lead the university through the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, Oreyane played an integral role in reimagining the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion and designing the university’s DEI Fellowship program. He was also responsible for evaluating the current structure of the university’s academic advising program and providing recommendations to the department’s dean on how to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, he provided guidance on how to effectively merge the Academic Eligibility and Outreach department with the university’s Academic Advising Program to better equip students with the resources necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Research Interests

social determinants of health
health disparities
health policy
higher education