UNC Gillings’ Anna Schenck (foreground, left) working with Rocaille Roberts and Umair Shah from Harris County (Texas) Public Health during the Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program.

NCIPH has a long history of developing and delivering public health leadership programs at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Our current leadership programs are described below.

The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program

Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) is a national leadership development initiative that equips local governmental public health officers with knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment. Pairs of public health leaders from across the country receive leadership development training to enhance their organizational skills and competencies and undertake action-oriented projects designed to transform the role of public health in their communities. More about the Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program

North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute (NCPHLI)

This program is a partnership between the NC Division of Public Health, the NC Public Health Association and the NC Institute for Public Health to provide in-depth leadership development for senior leaders working in state and local public health agencies in North Carolina.  NCPHLI is an intensive year long program that incorporates on-site sessions, distance learning, and peer coaching to the application of leadership practices through an applied learning project. More about the North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute

Management and Supervision for Public Health Professionals

This course is designed for mid-level managers overseeing units in local health departments including environmental health, community health, nursing, WIC, clinical laboratory, and frontline staff.  Course content is most relevant for managers and supervisors new to their position (less than 2 years) and those with experience, but little or no formal supervisory training.  The course is delivered in two weeks of on-site training and includes relevant topics as personnel law, supervising diverse teams, performance coaching, and managing change within an organization. More about Management and Supervision for Public Health Professionals

Custom Leadership Services

Our NCIPH mission drives us to help public health organizations develop leadership and learning capacity. We have consulted with a wide array of public health organizations, bringing our skills in assessment, leadership and organizational development and public health to their specific organizational challenges and opportunities. We share your values and commitment to the public’s health. And we want to share our rich knowledge base around public health practice and workforce development, a knowledge base built over decades and enhanced by our robust experience providing consulting and technical assistance to top-notch public health and healthcare organizations, and hundreds of leaders, over many years.

Let us help you assess the opportunity and custom-design a solution that integrates leadership development, strategy and workforce engagement. Past clients of custom organizational and leadership development include healthcare systems (Novant Health, New Hanover Regional Medical Center), national organizations (ASTHO), and local health departments (Durham County).

Types of services we can offer:

  • Help you develop or update the strategic or business plan for your organization
  • Assess your organization for leadership capacity and development opportunities
  • Consult with you to design your own internal leadership development program
  • Co-create a leadership/management development program, manage and facilitate it jointly


Stephen Orton, PhD
Senior Investigator
T: (919) 966-8125