Designing effective training for public health, with Instructional Designer Leah Roman, MPH, MCHES

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Leah Roman, an expert in instructional design and owner and principal consultant at Roman Public Health Consulting LLC. They discuss where in the process an instructional designer may fit into, common issues seen when implementing training, and what foundational things are key to facilitate learning and development.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How Leah first became interested in consulting and instructional design 
  • What kind of work an instructional designer may be hired to do
    • What common issues or problems Leah encounters when creating and refining training programs
  • What is foundational to designing a good program and why it is always important to know the audience and the main problem you want to solve
  • When training is and isn’t the best answer to a problem
  • Advice for creating learnings and trainings if you aren’t able to consult a dedicated expert
  • What changes in instructional design Leah is seeing in the workplace and in academia
  • What resources are available if you are interested in doing similar work

Today’s Guest:

Leah Roman is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Roman Public Health Consulting LLC, where she helps public health organizations design effective e-learning solutions. She has 15+ years of experience in public health providing training and technical assistance, health education, project management, and consulting services. Leah has a BA in Psychology (University of San Diego), a master of public health degree (Boston University), certificate in e-learning instructional design (University of Washington), and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

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