North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute 2018

New cohort beginning in March 2018

Read what last year's participants said about NCPHLI

Leadership is more than a title, but a way operating regardless of your roles and responsibilities. This program allows you to focus on your strengths and allows you to value the strengths of others. It requires you to be proactive and for the most part is self-paced. You will have access to wonderful faculty who are passionate about improving skills, process, and ability. They believe in intentional approaches to problem solving and transformation with a people first attitude.

It is well worth the time investment, but you have to be committed to it to gain the most from it.

Great program leaders and excellent networking with others.

To be able to see the same leadership challenges with different backgrounds makes it personal to me. Everyone always thinks that their position or job is unique to everyone else's yet the leadership challenges are similar. 

I had no idea what to expect. This cohort has been a great group and I feel I have learned so much from each of the participants as well as from the instructors. I must say Vaughn is the perfect faculty for this course. Her experiences, presentation style, insight, honesty and feedback has been invaluable to me.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of the first cohort. I feel very fortunate and know that my experiences this year will make me a more attentive and responsive leader in both my professional and personal life.

Application period extended until January 26th! 


“There is currently a tremendous need for quality public health leadership. The best way to have success is to have the best leaders.” – Danny Staley

The North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute is a year-long leadership development program for public health professionals, half from the North Carolina Division of Public Health and half from local public health agencies across the state.  This program provides a unique opportunity for state and local practitioners to come together to network with each other, learn about adaptive leadership skills and apply those skills to a relevant challenge in their organization or community.

The program will include:

  • Five in-person sessions over the year
  • Distance learning including webinars and peer coaching sessions
  • Tools, resources and discussion boards via an online classroom
  • Applied learning project

This program is open to local public health agency employees and those who work in the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Acceptance into the program requires some previous public health management experience, and preference will be given to those candidates with at least two years of management experience.


North Carolina Division of Public Health

North Carolina Public Health Association

North Carolina Institute for Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health

Key Dates

December 11, 2017-January 26, 2018 — Application period.  All applications are due by 5 p.m. on January 26.

Week of February 5, 2018All applicants will be notified the week of February 5 whether they have been accepted into the program.

February 5-March 5, 2018 — Registration period for accepted participants.  Registration fees are due by 5 p.m. on March 5.

March 21-23, 2018 — First in-person session in Chapel Hill.

June 2018 — Regional meeting for ½ day workshop.  

September 2018 — Midpoint in-person session in conjunction with NCPHA’s Fall Educational Conference.

January 2019 — Regional meeting for ½ day workshop prior to State Public Health Leadership Conference.

March 2019 — Final in-person session, 3 days. (Specific dates TBA later in the program.)

*In between the in-person sessions, the program includes online learning sessions (5 webinars), readings and individual/team coaching sessions.

View the timeline.

Application Process

All applications should be submitted online.  Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m., January 26, 2018. A signed statement from your supervisor supporting your registration fee and time away from work are required in order to submit your application.

Interested in seeing what is asked on the application? Download a copy of the 2018 application questions.

Go to the online application.

Registration and Fees

Program Fee: $425

Applicants accepted into the program will receive a link to an online registration form. Applicants must submit their registration and payment on or before March 5, 2018, or their registration will be cancelled. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to attend the five face-to-face training sessions.

We recommend that registration fees be paid via credit card but will also accept checks made payable to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.