International Program in Public Health Leadership

The Evans School's IPPHL teaches public health leaders in Africa the skills of analysis, negotiation, leadership and persuasion to advance population health in an increasingly complex, resource-constrained environment.

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Program Overview

Mid-career global public health professionals operate in a demanding and changing climate. They must initiate policies, hold healthcare providers accountable, and build partnerships across a vast array of communities and stakeholders. The International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) teaches participants the skills of analysis, leadership, communication, and persuasion that enable them to advance population health in this increasingly complex, resource-constrained environment. 

IPPHL offers a strong focus on individual coaching and mentoring, peer sharing and learning, and the development of a community of practice to give participants access to a wider network helping them address the policy and program implementation challenges they face. The Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at 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. This is a non-degree, non-credit program. Please contact us with any questions.


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 address complex public policy problems
  • Engage with public health 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
  • Responsible 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
  • Holds either an advanced degree related to public health, development, policy, or a medical professional
  • A citizen and resident of a country in Africa
  • Strong English-language skills, and the ability to articulate the various policy or program implementation challenges that they deal with in public health


2020 Program Timeline

  • April 7 – May 28 (8 weeks):  Preliminary Course Work and Skill-Building Online, Distance Learning Format including two hours of live course sessions per week 
  • June 13 – 26 (2 weeks): In-Person Class Sessions, Mentoring, and Professional Networking, In-residence at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA (all accommodation provided)
  • June 29 – September 3 (10 weeks): Post-Residency Enrichment Intersession, Distance Learning Format
  • September 4 – 9 (5 days): In-Person Class Sessions, Capstone Seminar, Kigali, Rwanda

There is no tuition or program fee for this program. IPPHL makes every effort to cover most direct costs associated with the program, including lodging and airfare for the two-week Seattle Residency and Capstone Seminar. Participants are responsible for covering certain costs, such as visa fees and internet, and will receive limited financial support for these expenses either during or after the completion of the program. 

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Alumni Testimonials

Abdulkarim Dahiru

Abdulkarim Dahiru

Deputy Director Health Planning, Research and Statistics

Going back to work, I think I will put a lot of things I have learned in the program into practice, the frameworks the analysis. I would like to see that most of the decisions we make are backed by sound evidence, and I think this will improve my work and go a long way to improving healthcare in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large

Gloria Ntow-Kunmi

Gloria Ntow-Kummi

Acting Deputy Director

I think we are mostly amazed at the technology that was used to bring such a group together. Even from our various countries we were able to meet as a group to have  good interactions. I know that even as the program is ending we still have a platform that we can use to continue to interact and discuss issues for our common good.

Joanne Ondera

Joanne Ondera

Component Lead Healthcare Financing

What I loved about IPPHL is the mix of teaching us how to improve our leadership skills as well as our technical skills. I highly appreciated our interaction with other leaders from African countries. We were able to teach each other and learn from the different experiences. 

Solomon Woldeamanuel Birru

Expert Public Health Professional

The reason that I applied to this program is that in our country, Ethiopia, the majority of health professionals do not have this specific leadership training. Even public health officers are not equipped at managing and leading due to a lack of a  formalized and standardized leadership training. 

Elizabeth Wangia

Elizabeth Wangia

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

It will be expected that we have greater leaders who can manage resources and provide better quality of care.  I believe this program has made me that kind of a leader.