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The Johns Hopkins Summer Public Health Course on Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management for Effective Global Health Programs

Now through May 24, registration is open to enroll in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) 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 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society Summer Institute and can be taken for academic credit (3 credits) or as a non-credit course.

When and Where Is the Knowledge Management Course Offered?

The course will take place from June 10–June 14, 2024 from 8 a.m.–12:50 p.m. (EDT/GMT-4) each day. This course will be taught virtually through Zoom. Summer Institute 2024 course promotion flyer for KM Global Health course

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:

  • Introduces participants to 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 of program success.


Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain KM’s role in enhancing organizational performance and improving global health outcomes.
  2. Apply KM to global health programs using a five-step systematic process.
  3. Identify the 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 practices in their work.

How Do I Register for this Course?

Register by May 24 for this course. You may find this course listed under its course number 410.664.79 (virtual section).

BSPH students may register on the BSPH website; all others, please register first at the general Johns Hopkins non-degree registration system, choosing “Summer Institute in Health Behavior and Society” from the dropdown menu. After submitting this application, you will receive an email from the BSPH Office of Continuing Education with further instructions on how to complete registration for this course. Information about BSPH tuition fees is available on the Summer Institute tuition page.

If you have questions regarding how to register for this course or any other inquiries, please reach out to Tara Sullivan at tara.sullivan@jhu.edu or  Sara Mazursky at sara.mazursky@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).