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The Leadership Institute will include a focus on the intersections of primary care and public health to advance population health across the life course.

2018 NWPHLI Curriculum

The Leadership Institute curriculum focuses on the intersection of public health and primary care.


The Leadership Institute draws a diverse cohort of scholars from public health, primary care, and maternal and child health who are interested in building collaboration across their fields and addressing health equity.

In group-based and individual experiences, scholars build and practice skills necessary for leading collaboratively and managing change in a new era. These skills help leaders work effectively with their colleagues and communities. Scholars learn from and interact with practice-based faculty and public health leaders about leadership approaches to pressing health topics.

Learning Formats

The cohort participates in group assignments, panels, lectures, webinars, and discussions, and uses problem-based learning to explore real-life situations public health leaders face in the field. Participants complete curriculum via:

In-person learning. The program begins with the first of three on-site sessions in Seattle, Washington. Scholars learn from faculty, presenters, panelists, and each other about topics relevant to leadership development and work in ongoing teams on case studies.  

Distance-learning assignments. Between onsites, small groups of scholars and  faculty mentors continue work on case study problems via phone or video. Scholars also plan time to prepare briefs, presentations or other activities (about 2–6 hours per month). Scholars are encouraged to watch NWCPHP’s Hot Topics in Practice webinars, in which presenters from around the region describe lessons from their work on timely public health issues. 

Leadership projects. Scholars may work with their employer and a Leadership Institute faculty mentor to develop a leadership-related project specific to their agency to enhance collaboration between public health and primary care. The project is intended to exercise and hone leadership skills to achieve individual and organizational goals.

Problem-based learning. Faculty mentors support small learning groups of scholars as they build competencies by examining leadership case studies. Scholars identify key issues, research solutions, and apply findings to each case. This approach allows scholars to work through the complexities of real-world leadership challenges, building self-directed learning and collaboration skills.