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Launching a Year of Strengthening Management Skills

Public health professionals from around the country met in Seattle to begin the second year of NWCPHP's Public Health Management Certificate program.

Public health professionals from around the country met in Seattle to begin the second year of NWCPHP's Public Health Management Certificate program.

August 28, 2012

On Monday, August 20, public health professionals from around the country met in Seattle to begin the Public Health Management Certificate program, offered by NWCPHP at the University of Washington School of Public Health. This primarily distance-based learning program develops comprehensive skills to enhance participant scholars' abilities to lead as collaborative managers and increase workplace efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability.

"This is a program designed to give people real skills for real situations," said Janell Blackmer, Manager of the program. "There are many facets to being a manager, and public health needs strong managers to increase efficiency and effectiveness."

During the next 12 months, scholars will complete online courses focusing on key management skills, such as financial management, conflict resolution, and program evaluation. From August 20–23, they met in Seattle to kick off the program with intensive learning and to get to know each other, faculty, and mentors.

At the end of their four days in Seattle, scholars expressed enthusiasm about the program kickoff. Janice Blake, Director of the Health Research Training Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said, "It was a great experience. What I took away is that I realize I love this work. I really love this work."

The online courses start the first week in September. The courses will provide key curriculum for public health managers. The scholars will apply what they learn directly to their work through a year-long integrated project based on their current work environment. Each scholar has a mentor to help him or her think critically about how what they are learning can be applied to the project.

"The integrated project is a real asset to this program," said Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, Director of the Public Health Management Certificate. "We want to ensure that the management skills are not only learned, but that they are applied."

The next cohort of the Public Health Management Certificate is projected to start in August of 2013. For more information on the program, please see the program website or contact Janell Blackmer, jla@u.washington.edu.

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