Good planning can make all the difference in creating a successful public health project. Project planning can be thought of as a series of specific steps, keys to success that will help projects of all types run smoothly and effectively. You don't have to be a project management expert to successfully plan a project. If you carefully think things through and use common sense, your plan can provide a solid foundation for your project and help you make and communicate important decisions.
After completing this 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.
- Public health professionals interested in learning or reviewing the fundamentals of project planning
- Public health students and new employees
- Professionals in other fields with an interest in effective project planning
Web-based course; includes interactive questions and quizzes. This course should take about 1.5 hours to complete.
Marguerite Langlois, MEd
Professional & Organizational Development Group
University of Washington
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