This paper describes an innovative university course designed in partnership with a county council that sought to contribute to public health workforce development. Participants acquired knowledge and developed competences outlined in the Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework. Students were facilitated to become champions of public health in their own workplaces and communities. Evaluation of three cohorts found perceived public health-related cognitive affective and conative learning along with the development and acquisition of public health competences. Some participants believed they could be/or had become transformative leaders utilising their social networks and communication skills to influence and improve the public’s health.