July 12, 2014

UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute (MDI) Scholarship Program for Health Care Officers and Organizations

Management Development Institute Scholarship Program (MDI)

Course(s) Offered: Health leadership and management
Course Level: Skills training
Provider: Johnson & Johnson
Country to Study in: Africa (Uganda, South Africa, Ghana)

Scholarship Description
Johnson & Johnson, a reputable transnational health company, offers the Management Development Institute (MDI) Scholarship Program every year.

The Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations is a one-week intensive program designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of program managers and leaders of sub-Saharan African organizations, governmental and non-governmental, that are devoted to delivering health care services to underserved populations.

The program has been specifically designed to assist African ministries of health in implementing their particular national health priorities.

Tuition and Scholarships:
Thirty-six participants will be selected for the program. The cost of the MDI training program is US$ 4,000 per participant. Johnson & Johnson awards scholarships to managers who have the greatest potential to positively impact the quantity and quality of services in their organization.

These scholarships cover the cost of tuition, training materials, accommodation and meals. Travel expenses, if required, will be borne by the participants. Upon completion of this training, candidates will be required to apply the knowledge and skills gained to resolve a management issue or obstacle in their organization.

To apply for these scholarships and access additional information on the program, please visit the official MDI website (link to it is below). Successful applicants will receive an admission letter.

The Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations is a one-week intensive program designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of program managers and leaders of sub-Saharan African organizations, governmental and non-governmental, that are devoted to delivering health care services to underserved populations.  The program has been specifically designed to assist African ministries of health in implementing their particular national health priorities.  The program is funded by Johnson & Johnson, one of the most admired companies in the world today. The language of instruction in all programs is English.

In 2014, MDI will offer three identical programs - each in a different region of Africa:
  • For Eastern African leaders, the program will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: 22 - 28 June 2014
  • For Western African leaders, the program will be held in Accra, Ghana: 12 -18 October 2014
  • For Southern African leaders, the program will be held in Cape Town, South Africa: 19 - 25 October 2014
Eligibility
The Management Development Institute is designed principally for high-level managers of public sector entities in sub-Saharan Africa that are dedicated to the improvement of the health care of underserved populations in their countries.

However, places will also be reserved for leaders of NGO’s and other civil society organizations (faith-based organizations and community-based organizations) that have a similar health-related mission and that have a role in supporting initiatives and implementing health care priorities of the public sector.

MDI is seeking teams or clusters of individuals having related leadership responsibilities for implementing specific national health care programs and priorities in their country or region. In that way, the likelihood of the MDI bringing about significant impact is heightened and the program’s utility to national health systems is enhanced.

Depending on the country and sector, candidates might have the following titles:
  • Director
  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Executive director
  • Program coordinator
  • Public health coordinator
  • Regional coordinator
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief nurse
  • Medical Superintendent
  • Country Coordinator
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country fulfilling above criteria. Nearly 800 participants from 32 African countries have graduated from this program.

Participating Institutions
Sub-Saharan African healthcare governmental and non-governmental organizations (i.e. NGOs); AND African ministries of health.

The MDI program has been designed by world-class management faculty from the UCLA Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and by leaders of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). The MDI is delivered by instructors from UCLA , AMREF and by outstanding faculty from other African universities, including the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Fields of study
The Management Development Institute consists of eight modules focusing on specific areas of management directly relevant to national ministries of health and their implementing partners as they evaluate their mission and implement their health plans to achieve their stated priorities. For detailed and complete curriculum information, see the '2014 MDI Brochure' on official site via link below.

Up until 2010, the MDI was focused solely on HIV/AIDS. In 2011 the program's new focus was expanded to health systems, generally, and now invites participation of those involved in implementing national health priorities in the areas of communicable diseases - of which HIV/AIDS is one - and chronic diseases, as well.

The language of instruction in all programs is English.

Number of awards
Thirty-six (36) participants will be selected for the scholarship program.

Scholarship duration
The MDI is a one (1) week program

Scholarship benefits
The major goal of the MDI is to provide ministries of health with the requisite management and leadership capacity to implement their stated national health priorities.

Representatives from public health systems along with their NGO implementing partners will learn management tools, frameworks and knowledge that will enable them to increase the quantity and quality of health services they provide along with improved access to them.

The lessons will be practical, and aimed toward successfully meeting the complex challenges faced by eastern, West and southern african health systems.

Method of Application
For an application form and further information on the MDI, including the current MDI Brochure, visit the official website via the links below. It is important to visit the official website for complete information.

Please CLICK HERE to start your application and also visit the official website (link to it is below).

DEADLINES:
The deadline to submit applications from Eastern Africa is 23 May 2014; from Western and Southern Africa is 5 September 2014. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis. Applicants will be reviewed by both AMREF and UCLA.

PLEASE NOTE:
Along with your application, include a letter of recommendation from your organization to ensure its commitment to having you and your colleague attend one of the 2014 MDI program sessions.

A mandatory requirement for your application to the program is a commitment to scope a community healthcare Improvement Plan during the program. In many cases, an interview will be required.

The program is funded by Johnson & Johnson, one of the most admired companies in the world today.

Application Deadline: 23 May / 5 September 2014
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of African Scholarships for African Students

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