For aspiring leaders working in African Ministries of Health, there is an eight-month curriculum called the International Programme in Public Health Leadership.
IPPHL, a signature program of the Evans School at the University of Washington, develops the leadership and policy skills of executives to create and implement long-lasting public policy changes and improve healthcare systems. The fundamentals of policy analysis, evidence and assessment, implementation, and individual leadership development are highlighted in the curriculum.
IPPHL has trained 118 public health professionals in 22 African nations since 2017. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entirely funds the program, and it collaborates with the Center for Creative Leadership.
- There is no tuition or programme fee. IPPHL makes every effort to cover most direct costs associated with the programme, 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 programme.
- Open to 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 programme(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 programme implementation challenges that they deal with in public health.
A complete application includes the following:
- Complete online application form
- Uploaded resume or CV
- Uploaded Statement of Preliminary Release from your employer in PDF form. This should come from the individual/department with the authority to release you for time spent online in the virtual course sessions, some of which may occur during work hours. You may use the following Letter of Preliminary Release form or your organization’s own letterhead.
- Uploaded Letter of Recommendation from your employer or supervisor in PDF form. Your recommender may (but is not required) to use the following Letter of Recommendation 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