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Knowledge Management for Effective Global Health Programs


Washington, DC
Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Tue 06/18/2019 - Thu 06/20/2019
Class Times:
  • Tu W Th,  8:30am - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Tara M. Sullivan
  • Piers J. W. Bocock
Tara Sullivan

Managing and maximizing knowledge and continuous learning in global health programs is a development imperative. Global health programs operate with scarce resources, high stakes, and urgent needs for coordination among partners and donors. Knowledge management (KM) provides solutions to these challenges.

Through a combination of lectures, case studies, presentations, and discussions, this course:

• Introduces participants to knowledge management (KM), organizational learning (OL) and adaptive management principles, processes, and tools, and their applicability to the design and implementation of global health efforts.

• Demonstrates, through real-life examples, how KM and OL can be applied to strengthen public health systems and maximize available knowledge to reach public health objectives.

• Emphasizes the importance of culture and leadership as drivers for program success.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define knowledge management and related principles
  2. Appreciate KM’s role in enhancing organizational performance and improving global health outcomes
  3. Understand how to systematically apply KM to global health programs
  4. Determine best KM approaches to use in a given public health context
Methods of Assessment:

Class Participation: 20%; Final Exam: 30%; Final Paper: 50%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required