Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership



In today’s constantly changing environment, we face continued challenges in health including pandemics such as the recent Ebola and Zika crises, chronic disease and antimicrobial resistance. These threats continually remind us of the crucial need for strong, dynamic and resilient leadership in global health. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is committed to addressing this need through the Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership.

This unique 10 month programme offers experienced health professionals the opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills and professional networks. Our dynamic workshops enhance the development of strong strategic leadership, negotiation and diplomatic skills, successfully enabling Fellows’ (participants) to have a global impact on health.

This innovative programme combines three one-week residential phases held with our high-profile partner organisations in London, Geneva and Cape Town with inter-residential components providing bespoke health-topic mentorship from expert faculty members and Executive Coaching to maximise professional and personal success. Fellows will also be able to access LSHTM distance learning modules during inter-residential phases to sharpen-up knowledge and expertise in self-selected health topics.  

During the residential phases, in addition to interactive workshops, Fellows will have exceptional access to high-level health leaders who will share their unique experiences and insights, speaking candidly about the challenges they faced as well as reflection on what they might have tackled differently.

Residential phases will each have a distinct focus:

  • London Residential Week: Ensuring health issues are high on national political agendas
  • Geneva Residential Week: Engaging world-players and operating on a global stage
  • Cape Town Residential Week: Successful implementation and delivery through systems leadership

We would like to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their contribution to the Programme, ensuring a global representation of health leaders participating as Fellows.


The aim of the Executive Programme – reflecting the School’s mission to improve health and health equity worldwide – is to develop a cadre of passionate, effective leaders who, in supporting each other and being supported by the School, will together have a significant impact on health globally.

Its focus is on the particular strategic leadership skills required in the political and organisational contexts faced by leaders in health.

learning objectives

  • Enhanced skills in negotiation and diplomacy in multi-sector contexts
  • Increased ability to influence and empower others, within teams and organisations, to achieve ambitious, cross-sector health goals
  • Improved ability to formulate, articulate and progress a viable strategic vision, supporting success in ambitious yet attainable goals for health
  • Enhanced skills in powerful communication, working through different media platforms and frameworks to get vital messages heard across a range of agencies, fora and cultures
  • Learning with, and from, health leaders from around the world, enhancing personal and professional global networks.
  • Develop deeper insight into personal leadership and career goals, working styles and objectives to enhance resilience, flexibility and efficiency.

How are the Executive Programme Fellows assessed?

Although traditional assessments will not form part of the Executive Programme, structured activities will energise and enable learning about oneself, opportunities and leadership. In order to complete the programme, Fellows are expected to fully engage in all its elements and will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Lifelong benefits

  • Join a Fellowship of like-minded leaders with whom to collaborate with and share ideas and experiences for high-level success
  • Benefit from access to our online events and programmes
  • Gain membership of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine alumni network of more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries


The Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership is designed for emerging, and established, health leaders. We will be recruiting individuals who can demonstrate leadership roles in their work. These individuals may be aspiring, or transitioning, to significant leadership positions where they will impact the health of populations.

Previously, Executive Programme Fellows have included those working in Ministries of Health, NGOs, and other organisations tackling current and future health challenges on the national, regional or global scale. We aim to develop a cadre of passionate, effective leaders who, in supporting each other and being supported and challenged by the School, will together have a significant impact on health across the globe.

The Programme is delivered in English, and thus excellent English language, written and spoken, is required.

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Application procedure:

Please complete an online application, which will include a request for you to upload your
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement (one page)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a senior individual in your place of work, on your institutional headed paper.

Once the on-line application is complete, and in meeting the eligibility criteria, the Executive Programme team will contact you directly.

Following that, we will notify applicants about their admittance as a Fellow on the Executive Programme within a month.

All application information will be managed confidentially.

Applications for September 2018 now open.

Official Announcement 


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