UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute

The 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 organizations, governmental and non-governmental, that are 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 800 participants from 32 African countries have graduated from this program. Up until 2010, the MDI was focused solely on HIV/AIDS. In 2011, the program's focus was expanded to health systems, generally, and now invites participation of those involved in implementing national health priorities in theareas 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 AndersonSchool of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and by leaders of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). The MDI is delivered by instructors from UCLA, AMREF and by outstanding faculty from other 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.

In 2015, we will offer three identical programs - each in a different region of Africa:

• For Eastern African leaders, the program will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 4 - 9 May 2015

• For Southern African leaders, the program will be held in Cape Town, South Africa: 23 - 29 August 2015

• For Western African leaders, the program will be held in Accra, Ghana: Dates TBD

The 2015 UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute applications are now! To download an application, please click here.

To Download the 2015 MDI Brochure, click here.

To read inspiring stories from our program graduates, please CLICK HERE!




  • Alphayo Michael Oloo describes impact of the MDI on the Beacon of Hope Program


  • Class Representative speaks during MDI Graduation on April 14, 2012


  • "I love being in Africa," said Victor Tabbush. "I just feel a tremendous connection with the continent and the people when I'm there. It vitalizes me."