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.

Learning Objectives

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.

Intended Audience

  • 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.

Course Instructor

Marguerite Langlois, MEd
Professional & Organizational Development Group
University of Washington

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October 19, 2015
Leadership & Management
Self-Paced Course
1.5 hours
Competency Domains: 
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Financial Planning and Management Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills