Applications are open for the 4th cohort of the International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL), which is dedicated to strengthening African mid-career public health professionals’ skills in analysis, leadership, communication, and persuasion to empower them to advance public health in their communities.

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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


Applications for the 2020 program will be open November 1 (8 am PST) – December 6, 2019 (4 pm PST). We encourage you to gather your necessary supporting documents early, as no late submissions will be accepted after the December 6 deadline.

The admissions committee will notify applicants of their decision by early February, and finalists will be scheduled for an online admissions interview.

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 in the past to affect change
      • A critical challenge you’re facing in your work and how IPPHL will help you address it
      • Your career goals and how IPPHL might further your career aspirations
  • Upload your resume or CV in PDF form.
  • Upload a Statement of Release from your employer in PDF form. This statement should come from an individual or department with the authority to relase you for time away from work for the two-week residency in June and the final seminar in September 2020.
  • Upload a Letter of Recommendation from your employer or supervisor PDF form. Your Letter of Recommendation should include:
    • Why IPPHL is a good opportunity for you
    • How your participation in the program will benefit the larger team and organization
    • A statement of willingness to participate in elements of the program that require survey input from your organization


To access the application, you will be prompted to sign in to a Google account. If you do not already have an account, you will be directed to create a free account before continuing to the application.  

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