Applied Project Management for Public Health & Health Care


Joanne Pearsol, MA, MCHES, Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the Ohio State University’s College of Public Health

Josh Nowack, MHA, MPH, PMP, Project Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Course Description:

Public health and population health management initiatives – and quality improvement activities – typically occur through a series of projects. This hands-on course introduces participants to the role of project management in executing successful assignments. The course focuses on concepts and tools of basic project management (using the Project Management Body of Knowledge as a foundation), with a special emphasis on managing projects in public health and health care settings. Participants will learn fundamental techniques for project planning, scheduling, and monitoring through case studies and class exercises. Participants will be asked to apply concepts learned to their individual project circumstance (and should therefore attend with a particular project in mind) and will develop a draft project plan. Approaches for supporting and sustaining project teams through organizational challenges that typically occur will be addressed. This course is appropriate for anyone charged with overseeing a project such as a new grant, accreditation or reaccreditation efforts, new service offerings, facility changes, information technology roll-out, quality initiatives, etc.