Management Development Institute


We equip managers to take on the challenges within Africa’s national health systems.

By providing relevant and practical leadership and management skills, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute (MDI) builds entrepreneurial competence to enhance the capacity of ministries of health, along with their NGO partners, to expand the quality and breadth of health services delivered to underserved populations.

Miguel Unzueta, faculty director of the UCLA/Johnson&Johnson Management Developement Institute
The MDI empowers healthcare workers to better handle the myriad challenges facing Africa’s health systems."

Miguel Unzueta, Ph.D.
Faculty Director, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute

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About the Program

The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations is a one-week intensive program designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of program managers and leaders of sub-Saharan African NGOs and governmental organizations devoted to delivering health care services to underserved populations. The program has been designed specifically to assist African ministries of health in implementing their particular national health priorities. Nearly 870 participants from 32 African countries have graduated from this program. Until 2010, the MDI was focused solely on HIV/AIDS. In 2011, the focus was expanded to health systems generally and now invites the participation of those involved in implementing national health priorities in the areas of communicable diseases — of which HIV/AIDS is one — and chronic diseases as well. The original MDI program was designed by world-class management faculty from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and by leaders of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). The MDI is delivered by instructors from UCLA, AMREF and outstanding faculty from African universities, including the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The program is funded by Johnson & Johnson, one of the most admired companies in the world today. The language of instruction in all programs is English.

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The Management Development Institute consists of eight modules that focus on specific areas of management directly relevant to national ministries of health and their implementing partners as they work to achieve their objectives. Note: Topics listed below are subject to change based on our efforts to adapt the program content to participants’ real-time needs.

  • Organizational Planning
  • Operations Management
  • Health Information Systems
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership
  • Program Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Social Marketing
  • Health Economics
  • Governance & Ethics

Special Program Feature: The Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP)

The Community Healthcare Improvement Project (CHIP) is the practical application or experiential component of the MDI. It allows participants to immediately translate the MDI curriculum to improve performance in their own health systems. Through this peer-and-faculty consulting process, participants develop strategic plans to resolve a significant issue or obstacle in their nation, region or organization. The CHIP provides a process for conducting environmental analysis, identifying specific initiatives aligned with national health priorities, formulating goals and objectives, creating action plans and developing monitoring and evaluation plans.

Prior to attending the MDI, participant teams and their superiors will be asked to identify two potential health care improvement projects that are relevant to their roles and organizations. During the residential portion of the program, one of these projects will be further developed as a CHIP aligned with the roles and responsibilities of the team members with the support of their their organization’s senior leadership. Our objective is to ensure that MDI participants and their superiors will secure the necessary resources to implement and evaluate CHIPs in the context of their health care service delivery programs that lead to better health outcomes and that may serve as models for other organizations.

CHIP Criteria
  • Address a service delivery gap, an unmet need, a health care problem or a challenge facing your organization
  • Have the potential to solve, or at least mitigate, the health care problem
  • Be central to the strategy of your organization/department/directorate
  • Be one that you have the power, organizational commitment and financial resources to implement.
  • Be directed toward achieving one of these aims:
    • Improve health outcomes
    • Enhance patient/client experience
    • Reduce cost of care
  • Demonstrate outcomes, even short-term, 12 months after the MDI is completed.
  • Be a project that the organization is committed to monitoring and evaluating

Upcoming Program Details


Who Should Apply

The Management Development Institute is designed principally for high-level managers of public sector entities in sub-Saharan Africa who are dedicated to the improvement of the health care of underserved populations in their countries. However, places will also be reserved for leaders of NGOs and other civil society organizations (faith-based organizations and community-based organizations) that have a similar health-related mission and that assume a role in supporting initiatives and implementing health care priorities of the public sector. We are seeking teams or clusters of individuals (2–6) having related leadership responsibilities for implementing specific national health care programs and priorities in their country or region.

Depending on the country and sector, candidates might have the following titles:

  • Director
  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Program Coordinator
  • Public Health Coordinator
  • Regional Coordinator
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief Nurse
  • Medical Superintendent
  • Country Coordinator

Tuition and Scholorships

The cost of the MDI training program is US$4,000 per participant. Johnson & Johnson awards scholarships to managers who have the greatest potential to positively impact the extent and quality of services in their organization. Johnson & Johnson offers full scholarships to all who are admitted to the course. These scholarships cover the cost of tuition, training materials, accommodation and meals. Travel expenses, if required, will be borne by the participants. Upon completion of this training, candidates will be required to apply the knowledge and skills gained to resolve a management issue or obstacle in their organizations. Successful applicants will receive an admission letter.


We will offer three identical programs, each in a different region of Africa:

  1. For Eastern African leaders, the program will be held in TBD, Dates TBA
  2. For Western African leaders, the program will be held in Accra, Ghana, Dates TBA
  3. For Southern African leaders, the program will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, Dates TBA

How to Apply

Thirty-six participants will be selected for each session. For an application form, please check back shortly.

Our Partners


The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Johnson&Johnson are the official sponsor of the UCLA Anderson Price Center Health Care Executive ProgramJohnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices and diagnostics markets. Over 114,000 employees at more than 250 Johnson & Johnson companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of more than a billion people every day throughout the world. Our philanthropic efforts support partnership programs that contribute to life changing, long-term differences in human health. For more information, visit

Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson and the Harold and Pauline Price CenterUCLA Anderson School of Management is recognized as one of America’s premier business schools. Its preeminent position is based on internationally acclaimed research, an innovative and distinguished faculty, excellent degree programs, and exceptionally bright, highly motivated students chosen from one of the largest and finest application pools in the nation. The MDI is conducted under the auspices of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. The Price Center oversees teaching, research and extracurricular and community activities related to entrepreneurship and social innovation at UCLA Anderson, and maintains a strong commitment to serving the nonprofit and small business communities through management development programs such as the MDI.

African Medical and Research Foundation

AMREF’s mission is to improve health and health care in Africa. We create vibrant networks of informed and empowered communities and health care providers working together in strong health systems to ensure that every African has the right to good health. Our extensive experience in development of human resources for health targets a diverse range of professionals, from primary health care workers to field surgeons. AMREF has a strong regional presence and close working relationships with communities, governments, key development agencies, academic institutions and the private sector, with a current funding base of over $80 million annually.

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Ranked as the top business school in Africa, the GSB has four decades of success in developing business leaders. GSB graduates consistently go on to high achievement in all sectors of society and all over the world. Their success creates an enduring reputation for the School. GSB programs are at the cutting edge of management education. The school continually pushes the boundaries and challenges students on every level to ensure that they grow both personally and professionally. The GSB is taking the lead in South Africa in developing a business school that is adapted to the circumstances of a country and continent where the imperatives are democratization, international competitiveness and economic growth.

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration

GIMPA, established in 1961, is the leading management development institution in Ghana and West Africa. As a topmost Ghanaian management development institute, GIMPA aims to be a world-class center of excellence for training, consultancy and research in leadership, business management and public administration, using top-class, motivated staff and state-of-the-art facilities. The MDI is conducted under the auspices of the Centre for Management Development (CMD), the training and development arm of the business school, offering programs and courses in several professional development areas. Specializing primarily in executive education, CMD delivers programs that build and strengthen the capacity of public and private organizations. CMD develops and implements cost-effective training specifically designed to enhance the ability of participants in effective and efficient management in order to stimulate sustainable economic growth. The training programs combine the very best in academics and theory with practical application.

Contact Us


For program questions and the application process, please contact:

Eastern Africa MDI Program:

Anthony Wairagu, Regional Coordinator
Phone: (254) 020-699-3234 or (254) 020-699-3000

Western Africa MDI Program

Anthony Sallar, Regional Director
Phone: (233) 54-315-4128

Southern Africa MDI Program

Richard Chivaka, Regional Director
Phone: (27) 21-406-1423


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