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GHLI builds management and leadership capacity through on-site mentorship, certificate-level education, and systems development. We equip managers at all levels of the health system to achieve target health outcomes.

GHLI supports health care professionals through programs both on the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut and in partners' home countries. We collaborate with governments, universities, and implementing partners to develop and sustain leadership capacity and efficient management at all levels of the health system.

We have established master's degree programs in healthcare administration in partnership with local universities in Ethiopia and Rwanda, as well as innovative certificate programs for teams of mid-career and senior officials from the United Kingdom, United States, Southeast Asia, China, and in multiple country settings across the African continent.

Complementing our educational programs, GHLI provides year-long, onsite mentorship in management and quality improvement at all levels of the health system. Our management mentors have worked in hospitals, health centers, districts, and government ministries through the Ethiopia Hospital Management Initiative (funded by the Center for Disease Control, CDC), the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative (PTI) in Ethiopia (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), the Rwanda Human Resource for Health Program (funded by CDC and The Global fund), and the Liberia Management Delivery Programme (funded by the Clinton Health Access Initiative).

GHLI leadership development programs, designed to promote both individual and team-based development, are grounded in a three-part model which includes:

  1. strategic problem solving to drive improvement in complex systems,
  2. a relational model of leadership development, and
  3. an emphasis on development of solutions that can be sustained and scaled up.

Strategic Problem Solving

In our leadership development programs, participants are taught to define problems and set objectives, understand complex root causes using multiple sources of data, design evidence-based strategies that take into account local opportunities and constraints, and evaluate progress toward objectives. The problem solving process serves as a scaffolding for the field assignment, a mentored independent project though which participants apply their learnings and drive change in their home organizations.

Relational Framework for Leadership

GHLI focuses on a relational framework for leadership, understanding it as a dynamic role within a group, as opposed to a set of characteristics or behaviors of any one individual. Program participants explore the relationship between leaders and followers, how to engage across and within groups, and how to diagnose and address conflict and paradox within organizations.

Scale Up and Replication

Breakthroughs in medicine and public health often require decades and significant resources to successfully spread in other settings. To better understand this challenge, GHLI researchers developed an evidence-based framework called AIDED which defines the process of embedding, sustaining, and scaling up successful health interventions. Program participants emerge prepared to systematically position their programs and innovations to be sustained and replicated, thereby magnifying impact.