Supervisor and Manager Development Program (SMDP)

Johns Hopkins University is committed to on-going professional development and well-being of its employees.  The Supervisor Development Program (SDP) and Manager Development Program (MDP), are curriculums designed for new and existing supervisors and managers as well as those interested in growing in their career.  Each curriculum is structured with core courses in addition to elective based options to allow customization of learning by the individual.  All courses within each program align to university leadership competencies.  To see a list of courses included in each program, click here.

How to Enroll 

Use the links below to enroll in the program that best applies to your position.  Clicking the link will automatically add the program to your learning plan in myLearning.

See the requirements below for completing each program. 

Completing the Curriculum

Both SDP and MDP curriculums are structured with core courses in addition to elective based options to allow you to customize your learning.  There are four core courses you must take in addition to a minimum of three elective courses that you select from the list of options.  These courses do not need to be taken in a specific order and are offered year round.

Note – if you took any or all of the courses in the past, you will still receive credit toward the Hopkins Essentials program without having to retake the course.

Hopkins SMDP Essentials

In additional to developing supervisor and manager skills, it’s important for leaders at all levels to learn about Hopkins specific policies and procedures.  This training program consists of seven courses and is designed to provide basic Hopkins policy information to newly hired faculty or staff or to faculty or staff that were recently promoted into a position where they are responsible for the supervision and management of others.

As a requirement according to JHU policy, within two years of initial employment or promotion to the role, it is expected that all new managers and supervisors will complete the Hopkins Essentials Program (formally known as the JHU Supervisory Training Program) established by Johns Hopkins University. The supervisory training program is conducted by Human Resources, the Department of Health, Safety and Environment, and the General Counsel’s Office. Participants are expected to complete all courses in order to receive a certificate of program completion. 

Note – if you took any or all of the courses in the past, you will receive credit toward each program without having to retake the course.

How to Enroll

Courses in this curriculum are applicable to both supervisors and managers.  Click below to view and enroll in Hopkins Essentials courses


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