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North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute 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."

"It is a tough schedule, but beneficial."

"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."

July 2018-June 2019


“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:

  • Four 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, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Key Dates

November 17, 2017-April 30, 2018 — Application period.  All applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 30.

June 4-15, 2018All applicants will be notified the week of June 4 or June 11 whether they have been accepted into the program.

June 15, 2018Accepted applicants should confirm participation by 5 p.m.

July 1-18, 2018 — Submission of registration materials and payment period for accepted participants. Payment is due July 18, 2018.

July 19, 2018 — There will be a web-based orientation from 12-1 p.m.

August 9-10, 2018 — First in-person session in Chapel Hill.

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

January 2019 — Regional meeting for one-day workshop and reception prior to State Public Health Leadership Conference.

June 2019 — Final in-person session, two days. (Specific dates TBD later in the program.)

*In between the in-person sessions, the program includes online learning sessions (4 webinars), readings and individual/team coaching sessions.

View the timeline.

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 between July 1-18th, or their registration will be cancelled. Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meal 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.

NCPHA Governing Council has agreed to assist with travel for NCPHA members who need additional travel funds. Please contact NCPHA Executive Director Lynette Tolson for more information.