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Kurt O'Brien, MHROD

Bio and contact information for Kurt O'Brien, MHROD, NWCPHP Leadership Instructor.

Kurt O'BrienLeadership Institute Instructor


Kurt is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Washington’s Department of Health Services Master of Health Administration program, and is also an independent consultant. He teaches various leadership courses in the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute program and also provides coaching.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership development and coaching
  • Leading change
  • Interpersonal skills development
  • Team development
  • Strategic planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Emotional intelligence

Kurt specializes in the areas of leadership development and coaching, interpersonal skills development, team development, strategic planning, and conflict resolution. Additionally, he designs and conducts workshops on topics such as dialogue, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and leading change.

Kurt was with the University of Washington Medicine for 15 years, including seven years as the Director of Organization Development and Training, where he worked with leaders and teams at all levels of the health system.

He lives in Poulsbo, Washington, on the Kitsap Peninsula with his wife, Kelly, where they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling.