Skip Navigation

Course Directory

Knowledge Management for Effective Global Health Programs

Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Mon 06/07/2021 - Fri 06/11/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:00am - 12:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Tara M. Sullivan
  • Sara Mazursky
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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 30% Final Presentation
  • 50% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required