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410.664.11 Knowledge Management for Public Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

Health Behavior and Society
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Wed 06/19/2013 - Fri 06/21/2013
Class Times:
  • W Th F,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Tara Sullivan
Course Instructors:

Introduces participants to and demystifies jargon behind Knowledge Management (KM), an intentional process that includes capturing, storing, organizing, and exchanging knowledge to better inform decision-making and to improve public health outcomes. In the context of public health, introduces KM as a systematic approach to ensure that the latest research is accessible and applied to public health practice. Emphasizes application of KM theory, principles and methods to public health. Presents multi-disciplinary roots of KM, including organizational behavior, information technology, change management, communication, and sociology. Demonstrates how KM can be applied to strengthen public health systems. Explains how to maximize knowledge assets to reach public health objectives. Examines application of KM to public health programs through lectures, case studies, presentations, and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define knowledge management and related principles.
  2. Explain challenges to implementing KM programs in public health settings.
  3. Discuss KM’s role in organizational effectiveness.
  4. Identify areas where KM could be applied public health programs.
  5. Distinguish between data, information, knowledge, and intelligence.
  6. Determine best KM approaches to use in a given public health context.
  7. Create a comprehensive KM strategy for a public health program.
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation, group presentation.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required