Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

The International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) expands the policy and leadership acumen of public health leaders throughout Africa to collectively transform health systems.

About the Program

The International Program in Public Health Leadership is an eight-month program for emerging leaders working in or closely with African Ministries of Health. A flagship program of the Evans School at the University of Washington, IPPHL expands the policy and leadership acumen of leaders to develop and implement lasting public policy solutions and transform health systems. The curriculum emphasizes the foundations of policy analysis, evidence and evaluation, implementation, and personal leadership development.

Since 2017, IPPHL has trained 150 public health professionals across 29 African countries. The program is fully funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and partners with the Center for Creative Leadership.

Applications for Cohort 7 are now closed!

Interested in learning more about our candidate profile and applying to the program for a future cohort year? Click below for more information.

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IPPHL positions leaders to navigate complex environments, initiate policies, hold healthcare providers accountable, and build partnerships across a vast array of communities and stakeholders.

Our Model

Fellows engage with the Evans School’s evidence-informed policy expertise and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)’s acclaimed leadership programs to:

  • Develop politically feasible, evidence-informed policies and programs
  • Drive organizational change & overcome resistance to set agendas for sustainable implementation
  • Build internal and external coalitions for change

One-on-one executive coaching & UW faculty advisors provide rapid feedback on leadership and policy development.

Case-based learning prepares fellows to apply skills and frameworks to real-world challenges.

A unique blend of online programming and in-person residencies provide a variety of opportunities for global engagement and collaborative learning.

Emphasizing individual expertise and encouraging peer to peer learning, IPPHL positions fellows to form strong relationships for ongoing collaboration.

Upon joining the growing Alumni Network, fellows leverage these relationships and access continued program support to advance organizational and systems level change.

Self-driven policy projects provide an experiential framework for identifying and implementing solutions to real-time public health challenges. Projects have touched on a range of topics including:

  • Improving Data Quality of the Routine Health Information System to Support Evidence-Based Health Policy in Ethiopia
  • Introducing Social Health Insurance in Nasarwa State, Nigeria
  • Raising the Neglected Tropical Disease Profile in Tanzania
  • Uptake of Human Papilloma Vaccination in Uganda: Barriers and Opportunities
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Our Fellows

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The IPPHL Team

Jessica Luong

Project Specialist, IPPHL

Nadine Shaw

Director of Global Strategy, IPPHL

Absa Samba

Global Engagement Officer, IPPHL

Liz Steen

Director of Learning & Impact, IPPHL
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Anna Segelman

Project Manager, IPPHL
Anna Segelman

Mary Kay Gugerty

Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning;
Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management

Rebecca Walcott

Research Consultant

Allan J. Calarco

Center for Creative Leadership, Global Solutions Faculty-Health Sector
Allan J. Calarco

Abigail Dunne-Moses

Center for Creative Leadership, Senior Faculty
Abigail Dunne-Moses

Engagement Collaborators

The International Program in Public Health Leadership is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and works in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. To learn more about our collaborators and how to work with us, email us at ipphl@uw.edu

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