Leadership Institute FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about NWCPHP's Leadership Institute (Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute).


This information will be updated with more details for 2019–2020 as they become available. Find answers to frequently asked questions about NWCPHP's Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute. Don't see your question? Contact Deborah Gardner, Program Coordinator.

Is the application process open for the 2019 Leadership Institute?

The application process for the 2019 Leadership Institute is not yet open For. those interested in the 2019 institute, please check back around the spring of 2019. Thank you for your interest. If you'd like to be notified when the application process opens, contact Deborah Gardner.

Who should apply for the Leadership Institute?

The Leadership Institute is open to experienced professionals (ideally 5+ years) in public health and primary care who wish to take on leadership positions and successfully guide their organization through change. The program will draw together a diverse cohort of scholars.  Audiences may include state and local health departments, community health centers, tribal health departments, community-based organizations, community clinics, and hospitals.

Public health and primary care professionals focused on improving population health across the life course and who wish to build leadership competencies are encouraged to apply. 

What is problem-based learning?

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach that simulates real-world problems to drive the learning process. Program faculty and staff write cases and support small learning groups of scholars who examine the cases, identify key issues, research solutions, and apply findings to each case. This approach allows scholars to work with the complexities of real-world public health challenges. It also encourages both self-directed learners and team players.

Cases help students acquire situational knowledge, which is critical for effectively retrieving and applying information. This is especially important in a leadership context because situational knowledge is more tangible and detail-oriented, as opposed to content knowledge, which is more abstract and principle-oriented.

What's the difference between the Management Certificate and the Leadership Institute?

The Leadership Institute focuses on skills designed to lead organizations through change and make decisions. Some of these skills include visioning, self-understanding, collaborating, motivating and inspiring others, and systems thinking. It also focuses on the most critical issues for public health leaders. The Management Certificate focuses on skills that provide structure and consistency within an organization. Some of these skills include budgeting, planning, staffing, conflict negotiation, and interpersonal understanding. Both sets of skills are needed for a successful organization.

Can I get a certificate?

Yes. Once you have successfully completed the Leadership Institute you will receive your completion certificate, usually approximately three weeks after the Institute has finished.

Can I earn continuing education credits?

No. The Leadership Institute does not offer continuing education credits or credit toward a graduate degree at the University of Washington.

What is the time commitment?

Check back soon for details. Historically, the commitment has been about eight months, with three in-person onsite sessions and distance-based learning work, both individually and in teams.

What is the cost?

Please visit the Leadership Institute Cost page for more information.

Are there partial scholarships?

This is being determined for 2019–2020.

Will I work with fellow scholars?

Yes. The Institute is set up as a cohort, so student scholars will work with other Leadership Institute participants. The institute uses a problem-based learning model based on teams in which scholars are accountable to their peers and work with NWCPHP mentors to work through relevant public health case studies. Scholars also work independently on individual leadership projects and personal leadership development. The cohort is often a tight-knit group who stay in contact beyond the institute dates. We encourage you to support each other.

My supervisor has questions about how this will benefit my organization. What can I share with them?

Our trainings are designed to help participants gain new skills that can be applied right away to on-the-job work, allowing your agency to reap the benefits immediately. As a starting place, share this website. Your supervisor may also .

Do I need a laptop to participate?

Yes. You will be required to have a laptop to participate in this blended institute which includes face-to-face and online components. Please check technical requirements to make sure your laptop is compatible with our learning systems. Some tablets may be suitable.

Do I need to purchase additional required resources?

No. Faculty members provide a list of recommended resources if you are interested in purchasing books or other materials. Relevant articles and other resources will be provided to student scholars as needed throughout the institute.

Is there Internet access during the Institute on-site sessions?

Yes, the university does have free Wi-Fi for on-site sessions. Please see technical requirements for more information.

Where is the NWCPHP office?

Please see our contact us page for our address and a map to our location.

Where can I stay for the on-site sessions?

NWCPHP makes arrangements with a number of local hotels, so Leadership Institute participants get the best rates possible. For additional information see Where to Stay.

Where can I park for the on-site sessions?

The Leadership Institute on-site sessions in 2018 will take place in several locations around the University District in Seattle. There are paid street parking spots and garages available. Stay tuned for more information. We recommend taking shuttles or walking from hotels, or taking public transportation.

How do I get to downtown Seattle from the UW campus?

The fastest way to get downtown is to take a Metro bus route 70, which you can catch on NE Campus Parkway & 12th Ave NE, or to take the LINK light rail from Husky Stadium. 

Where is the closest ATM to on-site sessions?

The University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, has an ATM outside the entrance on University Way.  

Where are good places to eat?

There are many good restaurants along University Way and nearby the University of Washington campus. Leadership Institute staff can provide additional recommendations. For more information see resources listed at the University of Washington Information and Visitors Center.

Where is the University Bookstore?

The University Bookstore is at 4326 University Way.



This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under 1UB6HP27883 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Centers for $675,634 and under T04MC26892 Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program for $176,608 (53% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.