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New Online Course: Project Planning

NWCPHP's newest online course, Project Planning, is now available. The 90-minute course offers a method and a set of steps to help jumpstart the planning process, along with multiple opportunities to apply the project planning process to a project of your own.

NWCPHP's newest online course, Project Planning, is now available.

October 22, 2015

"Why didn't I think of this sooner?" We've all been involved in projects that have faced challenges we could have avoided if only we had planned things out better. But even when we want to conduct thorough planning, in the fast-paced, multitasking world of most public health jobs, it can often be hard to find the opportunity to really sit down and comprehensively plan out a project before it starts.

NWCPHP's new Project Planning course offers a method and a set of steps to help jumpstart the planning process. For students and new public health professionals, it provides an introduction to the fundamentals of planning a successful project. For experienced project planners, it offers reminders, tips, and a framework to help planning go smoothly.

"It feels like I have a coach helping me remember all of the steps in the right order," said pilot tester Glenda Hyde, Senior Instructor in Family and Community Health at Oregon State University Extension Service."I’ve done lots of project planning, but I'd keep this on my electronic 'reference shelf' and use it to launch a big project."

"Most of us are not trained in project management, but are tasked with running projects," said Instructor Marguerite Langlois, MEd, who has taught project management to hundreds of public health professionals in the Leadership Institute and Management Certificate. "And public health projects are always very people-oriented, which can seem especially nebulous, complex, and fluid. This course will provide specific tools and a framework to help you successfully plan and carry out a project—and even enjoy the process along the way."

The 90-minute course offers multiple opportunities to apply the project planning process to a project of your own. After completing the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the basic steps needed for successful project planning.
  • Create a clear project definition, including specific goals.
  • Design an effective and practical project timeline.
  • Identify roles and plan communication with people involved in a project.
  • Plan for needed resources and budget.
  • Identify possible problems with a project and ways you can deal with them.
  • Plan to use tracking, effective problem-solving, and ongoing communication during the implementation phase to bring a project to a successful conclusion.

NWCPHP's Project Planning course is available at no cost.

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