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Sign Up Now! Knowledge Management for Public Health in Low and Middle Income Countries 3-credit Course

May 07, 2013

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health, Behavior and Society 2013 Summer Institute is offering Knowledge Management for Public Health in Low and Middle Income Countries June 19-21. Taught by Tara Sullivan, Deputy Director of the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, and Piers Bocock, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication with the CGIAR Consortium, the course is geared primarily toward health professionals who design and/or manage health programs in low to middle income country settings, to help them maximize the impact of their programs.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomber School of Public Health Department of Health, Behavior, and Society

The registration deadline for the 2013 Health, Behavior and Society Summer Institute is May 13, 2013.

Knowledge has the power to transform health and development programs worldwide. Using knowledge management (KM) as a systematic public health approach ensures that the latest knowledge is accessible and applied to public health practice in ways that strengthen public health systems and improve health and development outcomes.

KM provides busy health professionals with the tools to better collaborate, communicate, retain, adapt, apply, and generate knowledge. It provides public health practitioners with a clear pathway to improved health services at all levels of the health system from global, regional and national down to the front lines.  By leveraging the rapid diffusion of appropriate technology (including the ubiquity of mobile devices), with proven practices for systematizing the collection, storage, synthesis, use, and evaluation of data, information, and knowledge, public health practitioners can now be armed with another tool (KM) to enhance the quality of health services and to improve health outcomes.

While many universities are starting to include KM courses in their curricula as a reflection of the rising application of these approaches, this course is the first of its kind in that it applies KM theory and practice – complete with real-life case studies – to the public health setting.  This course provides tools to overcome a critical public health problem that occurs across public health settings: getting essential, evidence-based knowledge into programs and practice to improve service quality (e.g. correct diagnosis and treatment).

The course will be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm June 19-21, and is worth three credits. The course reference number is 410.664.11.

The Summer Institute offers short, intensive courses that provide students with an understanding of behavioral and societal impacts on public health – and specific strategies to address the challenges they present. Courses may be taken for academic credit, or on a non-credit basis. Registration for 2013 Summer Institute courses is now open. The deadline to register for courses is May 13, 2013.

For more information, and to register, please visit the Health, Behavior and Society 2013 Summer Institute