Managing in Turbulent Times: Emerging Leaders in Public Health

Welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Emerging Leaders in Public Health program.

The healthcare system has many branches The health care system has many different branches, and leaders are needed in all facets. Human resources are needed to distinguish proper candidates for leadership and management. Human resource workers must be professional, knowledgeable, and focused on identifying the proper candidates for leadership and management roles. In order to identify the traits of leaders, WHO has developed a check list that address the imperative conditions which are obligatory to ensure effective producers. The main points and conclusions by WHO are as follows: (It should be noted that these four points need balance in order to be successful)

1) There is strength in numbers, and there must be enough people working in leadership and management throughout the system to excel. There must be a constant hiring cycle to ensure that the positions are continually covered.

2) It's imperative to make sure that leaders and managers are properly trained with the appropriate skills needed to provide a successful atmosphere.

3) There must be a good support system, in other words staff, supplies and other logistics to allow things to run smoothly. There are many different branches of a support system including financial and logistical.

4) The work environment must be fruitful and organized, all workers must know and carry out their duties, and they must assume responsibility for their positions, and must have respect for their fellow co-workers and furthermore, their responsibilities. The team must function as one unit, not a bunch of individuals.

These four points go hand in hand. All must be equally emphasized in order for synergy. The four points are absolutely necessary if any sort of strengthening of the health care system is expected.

Of course, the framework above is very important, however it can be changed and modified for different localities. It depends on the strength of the current program and how strong or weak it is. Also, the management needs of the health care system must be determined before applying the four part structure. The plan can be dependent on the country as well. Sometimes a country's leadership and management programs won't deal with all four of the points in the framework. One must look at the country's current health care system and ask what makes them work or not.


The ELPH Program provided personalized leadership training that taught me how to be an authentic leader. It challenged me everyday to continue to sharpen and redefine my skill set, and to take a strategic approach in building my network. Overall, the ELPH program was excellent with dynamic and inspirational speakers that really made learning exciting.

Corey Palmer, BS, MS, MPH (2008)
Public Health Analyst, United States Public Health Service, Rockville, MD