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Public Health Leadership Program

Public Health Leadership Program

It’s said that leaders aren’t born; they’re made—and acquiring leadership ability requires hard work and focus.

The Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) is designed for current School of Public Health students interested in strengthening personal, academic and professional leadership skills for success at UIC and in their subsequent careers. The program offers participants an interactive learning environment in which students can focus on the development of interpersonal skills and grow as Student Ambassadors.


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How PHLP Works

Students participate in structured leadership activities as a cohort, strengthening skills in personal, academic and professional leadership. Participants focus on leadership within four themes:

Participants focus on leadership within four themes:

  • Identifying Leadership Styles
  • Professional Leadership
  • Leadership in Service


These themes cover a broad range of soft skills that complement the academic rigor of postsecondary education. At the conclusion of the program, participants become Student Ambassadors and are given opportunities to earn leadership badges and incentive items for demonstrating an understanding of program themes.


Invaluable Skills Development

At the conclusion of the PHLP, student participants improved their ability to:

  • Identify personal leadership strengths and traits
  • Form working groups with other Student Ambassadors
  • Build camaraderie and break down social barriers
  • Leverage social media and similar technologies for professional use
  • Improve time management and organizational skills
  • Enhance professional networking and workplace etiquette
  • Demonstrate the impact of leadership in service



  • Participants must be current undergraduate or graduate enrollees in the UIC School of Public Health.
  • Enrollment is limited. Students must register with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at least one week before the program begins and the registration must be acknowledged by the ODI.
  • During the sign-up process, applicants are asked to answer questions regarding their interest in the leadership program and thoughts on what their role as Student Ambassadors will be.
  • Within one week before the start date of the program, ODI staff will notify applicants selected to participate in the program and receive details on programming logistics.


Meeting Dates

To Be Announced

Meeting Location

UIC School of Public Health 
1603 W. Taylor, Chicago, IL 60612


Cancellation Policy

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Should this occur, registered students will be notified immediately.



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