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June 2021 Course: Knowledge Management for Global Health Programs

Registration is open now through May 31 to enroll in the upcoming Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) Summer Institute course, Knowledge Management for Effective Global Health Programs. This acclaimed course, taught by Knowledge SUCCESS Project Director Tara Sullivan and Deputy Project Director Sara Mazursky, is designed for the global health context. It is offered through the JHSPH Department of Health, Behavior and Society, and can be taken for academic credit (3 credits) or as a non-credit course.

When and where is the knowledge management course offered?

This course will take place from June 7–June 11, 2021, from 8:00am–12:50pm (Eastern Daylight time/GMT-4) each day. This year’s course will be taught virtually through Zoom.

Knowledge Management course flyer 2021
View/download the knowledge management course flyer

What will I learn from this course?


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:

  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.

Students will also join a global network of alumni who share experiences and resources related to using the learned KM and OL practices in their work.

How do I register for the knowledge management course?

Register by May 31, 2021, for this and other Summer Institute courses.

You may also download the course flyer and use its registration links. Information about JHSPH tuition fees is available at the Summer Institute tuition page.

If you have questions regarding how to register for this course or any other inquiries, please reach out to Emily Haynes at emily.haynes@jhu.edu.

Tara Sullivan

Project Director, Knowledge SUCCESS, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Dr. Tara M Sullivan, Director, Knowledge Management and Knowledge SUCCESS Tara M. Sullivan, Ph.D., MPH, leads the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs' knowledge management unit, is the project director for Knowledge SUCCESS, and teaches in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has worked for more than 20 years in international health with a focus on program evaluation, knowledge management (KM), quality of care, and family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). Tara has bridged a knowledge gap in the field of KM by developing frameworks and guides for KM program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, and by exploring the contribution that KM makes to strengthening health systems and improving health outcomes. Her research has examined knowledge needs at multiple levels of the health system, and has investigated how social factors (social capital, social networks, social learning) contribute to knowledge-sharing outcomes. Tara also has researched factors that influence the provision of quality of care in global FP/RH programs. She has lived and worked in Botswana and Thailand and holds degrees from Cornell University (BS) and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Ph.D., MPH).