Dr. Louis Rowitz has built a unique career in public health academia via public health practice issues and initiatives.  Serving as the Deputy Director of University of Illinois, Chicago, School of Public Health's (UIC) Center for Public Health Practice since it began, he is also the first director of a state-based leadership institute funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Since 1992, that Institute, originally the Illinois Public Health Leadership Institute, now called the Mid-America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute (MARPHLI), has encompassed as many as four states and currently includes teams from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois.  The Institute has graduated over 500 Fellows since its inception.

Dr. Rowitz is one of the founding members of the National Public Health Leadership Development Network (NLN,) established in 1994 with funding from CDC, to support the growth and improve access to public health leadership institutes across the country.  Throughout the past 12 years, Dr. Rowitz has served in numerous roles including chairing various NLN committees and workgroups.  He currently serves as the Chair of the NLN Board, leading the Network and its members into a new vision for public health leadership development.  Dr. Rowitz consults with CDC on leadership issues and gives presentations on leadership national and local public health organizations and agencies throughout the United States.

Dr. Rowitz has added two more leadership training institutes to the UIC Center for Public Health Practice, including the Illinois Institute for Maternal and Child Health Leadership and the Illinois MCH DataUse Academy.  In 2001, he became the Director of the Mid-America Public Health Training Center with its mission to improve public health infrastructure through training of the public health workforce and he currently serves on the faculty of the International Center for Leadership Development, also located at the UIC, School of Public Health.

Dr. Rowitz has published a text on leadership in public health based upon his experience in developing the institutes.  It is PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP: Putting Principles Into Practice (Aspen, 2001) which is now the premier text in leadership courses and institutes across the country.  He has been a frequent contributor to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and is now in the process of writing a new book focusing on governance and boards of health in the United States.  Dr. Rowitz has served as a consultant to the states of Michigan, Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana and abroad in Ireland on their leadership program initiatives.