About the Program


The primary goal of the MDI is to provide ministries of health with the requisite management and leadership capacity to implement their stated national health priorities. Representatives from public health systems along with their NGO implementing partners will learnmanagement tools, frameworks and knowledge that will enable them to increase the quantity and quality of health services they provide along with improved access to them. The lessons will be practical,and aimed toward successfully meeting the complex challenges faced by Eastern, Western and Southern African health systems.


Without effective leadership and management of health services, there will be barriers to scaling upservice delivery, the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and achieving nationa health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa. This constraint persists due to a shortage of leadership and management expertise in the region, and to an uncoordinated and fragmented approach to building thiscapacity. Leadership and management knowledge, skills and abilities can be taught, and have a demonstrated impact in enhancing the quantity, quality and access to health care for underserved populations. Health systems must achieve more and better health outcomes with the limited human and financial resources at their disposal. Sound management and leadership can significantly increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which these scarce resources are used.


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 NGO's and other civil society organizations (Faith-Based Organizations and Community-Based Organizations) that have a similar health-related mission and that have 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. In that way,the likelihood of the MDI bringing about significant impact is heightened, and the program's utility to national health systemsis enhanced.Depending on the country and sector, candidates might havethe following titles:

  • Director
  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Program Coordinator
  • Public Health Coordinator


Participants who attend all the sessions and complete the program successfully will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).