New SMDP Course: Health Program Planning

This course is designed for program managers and decision makers in public health programs worldwide, including district health officers, ministry of health program managers, and clinical staff in health centers, who either manage multiple programs or establish discretionary public health programs within your communities with (sometimes limited) provided funds.

Health Program Planning focuses on assessment, analysis, and planning to help you to design and implement public health strategies, with a high likelihood of achieving desired objectives. It is the first of a suite of three courses to help plan, implement, and evaluate health programs that have a positive impact on the population. When complete, the suite, entitled  Building Health Programs That Work, will include two additional courses for program implementation and evaluation and will help public health program managers and decision makers improve program results.

The learning objectives for Health Program Planning are:

  • Assess and analyze public health needs
  • Engage stakeholders in analysis and planning
  • Define a goal and objectives for a public health program
  • Determine a program strategy and intervention
  • Set specific and measureable objectives for a public health intervention
  • Develop an evaluation plan to monitor program progress

This course replaces SMDP's Healthy Plan-It course, which contains a great deal of outdated material and should not be used.