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Improving Global Public Health Through Knowledge Application, Continuous Learning, and Adaptation

Washington, DC
Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2016 - 2017
Instruction Method:
Tue 06/14/2016 - Thu 06/16/2016
Class Times:
  • Tu W Th,  8:30am - 4:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Tara M. Sullivan
  • Piers Bocock
Tara Sullivan

Introduces participants to the evolving field of knowledge management (KM), organizational learning (OL) and adaptive management in international development through real-life examples of how principles of intentional learning are leading to better development programs. Examines how principles of, and practical tools and approaches for KM, OL, and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) can strengthen public health outcomes. Introduces KM and organizational learning in a systematic approach to ensure that the latest research and learning is accessible and applied to public health practice. Emphasizes application of KM, OL and SBCC theory, principles and methods to public health. Demonstrates how KM and OL can be applied to strengthen public health systems, and how to maximize knowledge assets to reach public health objectives through lectures, case studies, presentations, and discussions.

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 to 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

Special Comments:

Course will be offered at the Washington, DC Center, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW.