Program overview

Mid-career global public health professionals operate in demanding and changing climate. They must initiate policies, hold health care providers accountable, and build partnerships across a vast array of communities and stakeholders. The International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) will teach participants the skills of analysis, leadership, communication, and persuasion that will enable them to advance population health in this increasingly complex, resource-constrained environment. The program will offer a strong focus on individual coaching and mentoring, peer sharing and learning, and development of a community of practice to give participants access to a wider network to help them address the policy and program implementation challenges they face. The University of Washington, in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership provide internationally recognized expertise in a variety of critical fields including: theory of organizational management and change, policy formation and negotiation, communication, and leadership. 

Application for the 2018 will open in mid-October. Please check back soon.


Cohort #1, summer 2017

What you'll Learn

  • Develop the leadership, problem solving, and negotiation skills leaders need to drive change and advance public policy solutions
  • Discover the best available data on the causes, consequences, and solutions to global population health concerns
  • Apply and analyze cutting-edge techniques to complex public policy problems
  • Engage with public health colleagues and leaders from around the world to share best practices and support their ongoing professional development
  • Learn innovative management frameworks and tools
  • Practice nation-level implementation of public health programs

Candidate Profile

  • Mid-career public health professional from Africa, working in government, for a government initiative/partner, or entity at the federal, regional, state, or provincial level
  • Responsibility for managing public health program(s) with supervisory responsibilities, either individual staff or a team; Accountable for the performance of public health programs and/or for managing front-line health workers
  • Either an advanced degree related to public health, development, policy, or a medical professional
  • Strong English-language skills, and ability to articulate the various policy or program implementation challenges that they deal with in public health

Affiliated Evans Faculty and Staff

Justin Marlowe, Ph.D.

Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, Associate Dean for Executive Education

Scott Fritzen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Nadine Shaw, MPA

Nadine Shaw

IPPHL Program Manager

CCL Faculty and Staff

Allan W. Calarco

Alan Calarco

CCL Senior Faculty

Michael DePass

Michael DePass

Faculty and K12 Education Portfolio Leader, Societal Advancement

Abigail Mary Dunne

Abigail Dunne

CCL Senior Faculty

Lynn Fick-Cooper

Lynn Fick-Cooper

Managing Director, Societal Advancement and Senior Faculty


  • Application for the 2018 program will open in mid-October.
    Please complete the following steps to apply:
    1. Complete an online application form
    2. Upload resume or CV on the application site
    3. Upload a Letter of Recommendation on the application site
    4. Upload a Letter of support
  • Distance learning course work begins on May 1.
  • All program costs, including travel and accommodations are covered by the program.

Admissions to open mid-October.

IPPHL 2017: Important dates

  • March 1–27, 2017: Application open
  • The admissions committee will notify applicants of their decision in April.

Program Timeline

This intensive professional development program will consist of the following components:

  • May 1–July 7 (10 weeks): Preliminary Course Work and Skill-Building Online, Distance Learning Format
  • July 10–21 (2 weeks): In-Person Class Sessions, Mentoring, and Professional Networking, In-residence at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA (all accommodation provided)
  • July 24–August 29 (6 weeks): Enrichment Intersession, Distance Learning Format
  • August 30–1 (3 days): In-Person Class Sessions, Final Seminar, University of Washington Rome, Italy campus

All program costs, including travel and accommodations are covered by the program


Application to the program available

March 1-27


Admission committee reviews applications



Preliminary Course Work and Skill-Building.

May 1-July 7 Online Distance Learning Format


Seattle, USA Residency

July 10–21 (2 weeks) University of Washington In-Person Class Sessions, Mentoring, & Professional Networking


Enrichment Intersession

July 24–August 29 (6 weeks) Online Distance Learning Format


Rome, Italy Residency

August 30-September 1 (3 days) University of Washington, In-Person Class Session

Evans School

The Evans School

The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance prepares analytical policymakers, trailblazing innovators, and world-ready leaders to make a profound impact through public service.  Guided by sound values, grounded in data, and inspired by a passion to improve people's lives and the world around us, our faculty and graduates drive innovative change to make the public and social sectors vastly more accountable, efficient, and productive.  Together, with the support of our loyal donors, we strive to make the public systems that are essential to us all work better for everyone.  

The people who develop and implement the policies and programs that affect our day-to-day lives must be every bit as well educated in analytical, management, decision-making, and leadership skills as those who run the biggest businesses and corporations. 

Center for creative leadership

Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (or CCL) is a 501C3 non-profit educational institution committed to the mission of advancing the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide. Through leadership development programs, products and services, CCL helps individuals and organizations across the private, public, nonprofit, NGO and education sectors enhance their capacity for leadership. To fully realize this mission, the Center creates new knowledge that advances the field and that positively transforms the way leaders, their organizations and their societies confront the most difficult challenges of the 21st century. These imperatives require that the Center serve as a preeminent global institution for leadership development and research. Read more about The CCL.


Bil and Melinda Gates foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Read more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Applications Open March 1

Image Attributions

"Africa Partnerships Hamlin Fistula 12" (CC BY 2.0) by DFAT photo library