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Leadership and Whole-Systems Change (No CE)

Started Aug 18, 2021


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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free version of the course.

Most people have experienced top-down leadership and change management which can be ineffective. The goal of this course is to understand why the whole-systems process is often so much more effective than top-down change. This course starts with a podcast primer on leadership before introducing participants to whole-system change methods which can be utilized in their own workplace.


Public health professionals in management, including governmental public health, non-profits, health systems, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe whole-systems change and how it differs from traditional “top-down” change
  • Explain why whole-systems change is considered to be much more effective than traditional “top-down” change
  • Develop an understanding of two change management frameworks
  • Explain why a key goal of whole-systems change methods is to create positive sustainable change in an organization


Ken Zakariasen, DDS, MS, MS (ODA), PHD, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Professor in the College of Public Health at Kent State University


The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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