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Nükte Göç, Global Health Leadership Initiative, Yale School of Public Health, 100 Church Street South, Suite A199, New Haven, CT, 06511. E-mail: nukte.goc@yale.edu

We are grateful to all the program participants for sharing their insights and for their continued dedication to completion. We thank Kali Bechtold for advising on the content and structure and supervising the successful implementation and evaluation of the program and Xiaohan Zhou for her support in program logistics and implementation and managing the Canvas e-learning site. We also acknowledge the time and contributions of guest speaker and panelists throughout the program.

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The program and embedded program evaluation were funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Sudan to Yale University.

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  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Mentors
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Public Health
  • Faculty

Strengthening Public Health Scholarship in Sudan: The Role of Leadership and Mentorship Development

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American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Volume 107, Number 6

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, Pages 1323-1330

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A robust public health workforce in Sudan is essential for accelerating progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, and strengthening public health education is a priority for the Ministries of Health and Higher Education. Faculty at public health training institutions are a critical resource. Globally, development programs for junior to midlevel public health faculty have been well documented. However, most involved direct partnership between a university from the Global North and only one or two universities from the Global South, only one included an explicit focus on creation of a leadership network, and none were launched as fully virtual collaborations. Therefore, we conducted a mixed-method evaluation of the fully virtual Yale–Sudan Program for Research Leadership in Public Health. We used program records, participant feedback, competency assessment, and network analysis to evaluate 1) participant engagement, 2) change in skill, and 3) change in collaboration. The program achieved a 93% graduation rate. All participants would “definitely” recommend the program and described the live virtual sessions as engaging, effective, and accessible. We observed progress toward learning objectives and significant increases in 13 of 14 leadership and mentorship competency domains. Collaboration across Sudanese institutions increased, including an almost doubling in the number of pairs reporting scholarly collaboration. Eight authorship teams are actively working toward peer-reviewed publications. The program engaged scholars and policymakers from across Sudan and the Sudanese diaspora achieved high levels of co-creation and continues despite significant political unrest in the country, serving as a promising model for strengthening of public health education in Sudan.

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