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Published in: 01/06/2016

Applications accepted for PAHO’s ‘Leaders in International Health’ program.

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The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) is currently accepting applications from public health professionals with managerial or directive experience in public health, international relations or related areas for the Edmundo Granda Ugalde Leaders in International Health Program (LIHP). The application deadline is 15 February 2016.

Since 2008, more than 300 professionals have received leadership training through the PAHO/WHO Leaders in International Health program. The 2016 session will start at the beginning of April and last nine months. Selected candidates will participate in online learning activities in coordination with the PAHO/WHO office in their home country, while remaining at their respective institutions. The program culminates with participants' presentation of a final project.

International health leadership and global health diplomacy are key areas of public health action in today's globalized world and are critical for advancing international initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Health Agenda for the Americas 2008-2017, and PAHO's regional Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage, all of which require cross-sector action and knowledge of treaties and bilateral and multilateral accords.

The PAHO/WHO Leaders in International Health program seeks to develop health professionals who are knowledgeable about the impact of international developments on health and who can identify, analyze, and advocate effectively for public health issues in their countries within the complex global context.

Subjects that will be covered in the 2016 LIHP session include health diplomacy, international cooperation, universal health, sustainable development, migration, vorder health, situations of tension and conflict, climate change and noncommunicable diseases.

After completing the program, participants will have gained knowledge and skills in areas including situation analysis, policy- and decision-making, negotiation and advocacy, project management, information production and exchange, and communication.

To learn more about eligibility and application procedures visit