The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a collaboration between the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco. It is a center in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health and has offices throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. I-TECH's 700 worldwide staff work in partnership with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), medical facilities, and other organizations to support the development of a skilled health work force and well-organized national health delivery systems. I-TECH's activities occur primarily in the technical areas of health system strengthening; health workforce development; operations research and evaluation; and prevention, care, and treatment of infectious diseases.
UW is openly committed to developing its global health resources and extending its international reach and influence, and the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a key UW partner in that vision. The Office of Global Affairs involved I-TECH in its strategic planning throughout 2005-2006, and I-TECH is now an important program within the Dept. of Global Health in the schools of Medicine and Public Health. This department is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is symbolic of the rapid growth of Seattle as an epicenter for international health. UW recognizes this unique confluence of events and opportunities and is actively working to maximize its role in this emerging area. I-TECH has experienced budget growth from its first award of half a million dollars in 2002 to its new 5 year award of 300 million dollars for the 2011-2016 period. It is increasingly essential to have qualified leadership at I-TECH to manage this growing program for a high priority area at UW. A strong leadership team at I-TECH also assures that experienced people are available to serve as advisors to UW as the university builds its international portfolio.