Sunday, October 13, 2019

Global Health Project Management Course taught by University of Washington (Distance learning)

So much of your work in global health is project based, whether you’re training, implementing, or evaluating. Good project management is crucial for the success of these endeavors.


Ann Downer, EdD, MPH

            Professor, Global Health

           Adjunct Professor, Health Services

           Executive Director, I-TECH


So much of your work in global health is project based, whether you’re training healthcare workers implementing an intervention, adopting a health information system or evaluating for quality improvement. Good project management is crucial for the success of these endeavors.

By the end of the Project Management in Global Health course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of project management, including conducting needs assessments, creating planning and implementation documents, managing project resources, transitioning the project to local agencies, and evaluating the project.

Unfortunately, projects don’t always go as planned. Funding may be cut, the scope may grow, priorities may shift, key team members may leave, or a host of other unexpected changes. This course gives practical tips, tools, and techniques for how to address unexpected challenges that inevitably arise. These come from experts from all over the world who have spent years managing global health projects and share lessons they have learned. 

This online, graduate-level course has video lectures, case studies, readings, discussion forums, quizzes, and practical assignments accessible with username and password provided by the UW after full registration. The course is taught in English. 
You can participate in this course as an independent participant or as part of a site. We encourage participation as a group because it provides a forum for discussing course concepts and applying them to the local context. If you can’t join a group, the discussion boards can provide that forum. 

The course is most useful for public health and healthcare professionals who have some experience in management and who wish to enhance their skills working with people and organizational resources. The course is less well suited to individuals in entry-level positions.

Syllabus: Topics to be covered
1)      Introduction to Project Management Framework
  • Challenges of project management
  • Essentials of project management
  • Overview of approach
  • Role of project managers
2)      Gathering and Using Data
  • Data cycle
  • Types/sources of data
  • Data collection
  • Analyzing data
  • Data management
3)      Needs Assessment
  • Identifying project needs
  • IDEO
  • Prioritizing needs
4)      Planning: Overview
  • Establishing governance structure
  • Authorizing start of the project (charters, roles matrix)
  • Creating a logic model
5)      Planning: Developing a Roadmap
  • Developing a project plan
6)      Planning: Beyond Implementation
  • Transition planning
  • Sustainability
  • Capacity building
7)      Keys to Project Success
  • HR/managing people
  • Team building
  • Involving/engaging stakeholders
  • Effective meetings
  • Communication
  • Working across cultures
  • Scope management
  • Financial management
  • Time management
  • Monitoring/issue management
8)      Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project M&E plan
9)      Transition
  • Closing out projects
For those who are successfully completed the course will receive a formal printed Certificate of Completion on vellum paper with University of Washington seal mailed to them. We will ship them all together to your Site Coordinator.

More information
You can contact Dr. Mohamed Y. Dualeh, Somalia’s HeSMA SOM site coordinator for further details and guidance for your enrollment process in this phone number 00252-63-4417945 with preferable in WattsApp texting or drop an E-mail to 


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