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Knowledge Management for Effective Global Health Programs


Washington, DC
Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Tara M. Sullivan
  • Piers 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.

Introduces participants to knowledge management (KM), behavioral science, 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, behavioral science, and adaptive management principles can be applied to strengthen public health systems and maximize available knowledge to reach public health objectives.

Emphasizes the importance of culture and equity 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. Explain KM’s role in enhancing organizational performance and improving global health outcomes
  3. Apply KM to global health programs using a five-step systematic process
  4. Identify the 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