The International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) Program 2024 for Mid-career public health professionals (Fully Funded to the United States)

The International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) Program 2024 for Mid-career public health professionals (Fully Funded to the United States)

The International Program in Public Health Leadership is an eight-month program for developing leaders working in African Ministries of Health or in close collaboration with them. IPPHL, the flagship program of the Evans School at the University of Washington, helps leaders design and implement long-term public policy solutions and improve health systems. Policy analysis, evidence and assessment, implementation, and personal leadership development are all emphasized in the program.

IPPHL has trained 150 public health professionals in 29 African countries since 2017. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entirely funds the initiative, which collaborates with the Center for Creative Leadership.

The International Program in Public Health Leadership Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 a degree related to public health or  is 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

Program Participation Requirements

Participation & Commitment

If accepted, you will be required to attend all live virtual and in-person components of the program including completing prep work for the session. See estimated time(s) below:

  • Orientation – virtual sessions (March 5, 6, 7: 4 – 5:30 pm GMT, online sessions)
  • Policy Intensive – virtual sessions (April 16 – May 30, online classes every Tuesday and Thursday: 4 pm—5:30 pm GMT): An average of 5-7 hours per week on programmatic assignments, such as reading case studies and articles, completing self-assessments, meeting with their executive coach and faculty advisor, and participating in the live online sessions
  • Leadership Immersion – Seattle, WA, USA (June 12 – June 29):  2.5 weeks of experiential learning, workshopping, networking, and individual leadership development. Full attendance across the two-weeks is required.
  • Launch & Learn – virtual touchpoints (July 16-September 2: Select Tues; 4pm-5:30pm GMT): Fellows begin applying the leadership, implementation, and policy frameworks in their places of work. The cohort convenes for four 90-minute sessions to check-in on progress with colleagues. Fellows finalize their written policy projects during these six weeks.
  • Capstone Seminar – Nairobi, Kenya (September 3 – 6): The cohort convenes in-person for the final after-action to assess progress and strategize how to move projects, agendas, and teams forward. Full attendance across the five days is required.

Throughout your time in the program, you will complete a policy project that focusses on an implementation or policy challenge you are facing in your work. You will be paired with a faculty advisor who will support you in the development of your project and you will be asked to meet with your advisor for regular feedback.

How to Apply

Please be prepared to complete the following steps in the application to apply:

  • Complete the online application form
    • 3 short-answer questions limited to 1500 characters each on the following topics (please refer to application for full questions and expectations):
      • How you have used leadership and management skills to affect change in the past (or in your current role), and what personal characteristics help you effectively work through leadership challenges and influence change
      • A critical challenge that you face in your position or in your health program that you would like to address as your policy problem throughout IPPHL
      • How the leadership, policy analysis, and skills of influence learned during this program will further your career aspirations
    • Upload your resume or CV in PDF form.
    • Upload a Statement of Release from your supervisor in PDF form. This statement should come from an individual or department with the authority to release you for time spent during the in-person and virtual portions of the program, some of which may occur during work hours.
    • Upload a Letter of Recommendation from your employer or supervisor PDF form. Your Letter of Recommendation should include:
      • Several ways that a leadership and policy program like IPPHL would support your professional development
      • One strength or specific talent you would add to the program
      • Two ways your participation in IPPHL would benefit your larger team and organization
      • A statement of willingness from your organization to participate in elements of the program that require their input such as surveys

Application Deadline:  October 16, 2023

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) Program 2024


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