Global Health Leadership Institute


The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) develops leadership at Yale and around the world through education and research programs that strengthen health systems and promote health equity and quality of care. GHLI brings together policymakers, practitioners and researchers to foster evidence-based problem solving, inspire leadership and debate critical issues in global health. GHLI has programs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania. Since its launch in 2009, GHLI has formed strategic alliances with several ministries of health in Africa, joined forces with the private sector to deliver medicines to remote African villages and helped to develop a sustainable pipeline of healthcare professionals in Africa. 

Ethiopia: In partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, GHLI launched the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative (EHMI), which has built management capacity across government-run hospitals by designing a Masters of Hospital Administration at a number of universities in Ethiopia. In addition, GHLI is collaborating with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health to improve the quality and sustainability of Ethiopia’s primary care system.

Liberia: GHLI supported the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare implementation of Liberia’s Health Plan. In collaboration with Mother Patern College of Health Sciences and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, GHLI helped establish certificate courses that provide the country’s health care professionals with leadership skills. During this two-year partnership, the health management certificate program has reached representatives of all of the country’s health teams.

Rwanda: The nation faces an extreme shortage of health care professionals. As part of a consortium of sixteen U.S. universities, GHLI is bringing together a team of specialists from internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and health management to support the country’s plan to develop the next generation of skilled physicians and health managers in Rwanda.

Tanzania: GHLI is researching how the private sector and public sector can work together to improve access to critical medicines in over 5,000 locations in Tanzania. GHLI has teamed up with Project Last Mile to identify factors for success and guide scale-up. The lessons learned will help expand the partnership in other countries.

Ghana: GHLI is also supporting expansion of Project Last Mile in Ghana to improve provision of medicines across the country. The work in Ghana has focused on increasing demand and ensuring reliable availability of vaccines in the country.

South Africa: GHLI has worked since 2006 on the Advanced Health Management Program, which focuses on providing health professionals with the management skills necessary to run efficient, effective health care facilities. This program is offered in South Africa’s nine provinces and produces 150 graduates per year. It is being adapted for replication in Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.