Health Leadership & Management
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The MPH concentration in Health Leadership and Management (HLM) provides students with an understanding of the challenges of organizational leadership and management in the health sector.
The concentration is aimed at individuals whose responsibilities require them to have the knowledge and skills essential to balance the demands of leading and managing during times of change, but who do not require or desire a full management degree.
Students will gain a fundamental understanding of leading and managing health care and health sector organizations within a range of settings both domestic and international (especially low and middle-income countries).
Samples of Covered Topics
- Understanding the healthcare environment
- Leadership and management development
- Organizational structure and design
- Strategic management and planning
- Organizational stakeholders
- Human resources management
- Managing change
- Quantitative tools for management
- Budgeting and financial management
- Working with teams and groups
- Approaches to process improvement
- Measuring and monitoring organizational performance within and across cultures
Through a variety of teaching methods (lectures, laboratories, group work, seminars, case methods, individual assignments) and application of leadership and management frameworks, students will be able to demonstrate the skills and attributes to function effectively in health sector organizations. These include: performing a stakeholder analysis and developing a detailed understanding of stakeholder expectations within an organization; analyzing problems using quantitative tools to support management and decision-making; planning strategically and setting management priorities; developing a budget based on information regarding business or service volume, staffing levels, salary rates, and supply usage and costs; team building, facilitating work team performance, acting ethically in an organization; and applying performance improvement concepts and tools in order to design or redesign a specific process and using indicators to measure and monitor organizational performance.
The Health Leadership and Management concentration meets one time per month and all HLM Concentrators are expected to attend. The HLM concentration also sponsors a monthly film and discussion series focused on leadership and management topics which is open to the whole School. Attendance at the film series is not an HLM requirement.
Students are not permitted to enroll in both the Health Leadership and Management concentration and the Health Finance and Management certificate.
Course of Study
|Concentration Core Courses: Students are required to complete 3 of the following 6 courses:|
|221.722||Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries||4 credits||1st term [Internet - 1st term]|
|312.601||Fundamentals of Management for Health Care Organizations (USA focus)||5 credits||1st term|
|380.681||Strategic Leadership Principles & Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries||4 credits||2nd term|
|551.601||Managing Health Services Organizations*||4 credits||3rd term [Internet-only]|
|551.603||Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management*||3 credits||2nd term [Internet-1st & 3rd term]|
|551.610||Foundations of Leadership||3 credits||2nd & 3rd terms|
|Management Practice Skills: Students must choose at least one of the following courses:|
|551.605||Case Studies in Management Decision-making||3 credits||3rd term|
|312.660||Marketing in Health Care Organizations||3 credits||4th term|
|312.621||Strategic Planning||3 credits||4th term|
|312.633||Health Management Information Systems||3 credits||3rd & 4th terms, Internet only|
|221.661||Project Development for PHC in Developing Countries||4 credits||4th term|
|Technical/Operations Management Skills: Students must choose at least one of the following courses:|
|309.620||Managed Care and Health Insurance||3 credits||3rd term|
|551.604||Quantitative Tools for Managers||3 credits||2nd term|
|311.615||Quality of Medical Care||3 credits||1st term - Internet only|
|551.607||Pharmaceuticals Management for Under-served Populations*||3 credits||3rd term|
|312.678||Intro. to Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety: A Managment Perspective||2 credits||3rd term|
|Elective Courses: Students may select any course listed below. You may also select any course above as long as all course requirements for the concentration have been met.|
|312.617||Fundamental of Financial Accounting||3 credits||1st term|
|313.641||Health Economics||4 credits||2nd term [Internet - 3rd term]|
|221.639||Refugee Health Care||3 credits||2nd term [Internet - 1st term]|
|221.635||Case Studies in Primary Health Care||4 credits||3rd term [Internet - 2nd term]|
|312.623||Financial Management in Health Care I||3 credits||3rd term|
|313.790||Economic Evaluation I||3 credits||2nd term - Internet Only|
|221.620||Using Summary Measures of Population Health to Improve Health Systems||4 credits||4th term [Internet - 4th term]|
|312.624||Financial Management in Health Care II||3 credits||4th term|
|312.664||Interest-based Negotiation: Preparation, Analysis and Practice||2 credits||4th term|
|312.665||Conflict Management Skills Training||2 credits||4th term|
|312.666||Creating Agreement and Managing Conflict in a Health Care Setting||1 credit||4th term|
|313.631||Economic Evaluation II||4 credits||4th term|
|551.608||Managing Non-governmental Organizations in the Health Sector*||3 credits||3rd term|
|312.655||Organizational Behavior & Management||2 credits||4th term [Fri & Sat]|
*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.
The MPH capstone experience in Health Leadership and Management provides students the opportunity to apply the competencies they acquired to clinical, technical, and management problems in health organizations. A range of options are available. Students register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800) in the 4th term. Additional credits of research special studies (XXX.840) can be completed under the direction of the student's advisor or concentration-affiliated faculty.
Leadership and Management Concentration Requirements
The requirements for completing a capstone project within the MPH Health Leadership and Management Concentration include all of the core requirements of all other MPH students, as described above, and on the MPH program website. In addition, students are required to provide a Leadership and Management Implications Analysis as a part of their capstone paper.
Through this analysis, students will provide a discussion and recommendations for the leadership and management challenges presented by the public health problem or issue at the heart of the capstone.
Students are expected to explicitly address elements of leadership and management that they believe are most important to the subject and describe how challenges in implementing programs or resolving problems are either addressed.
This final section of the capstone paper should be titled: "Leadership and Management Implications Analysis." This section should be able to "stand alone" and be read as the final section of your paper.
Faculty Concentration Directors
Ann-Michele Gundlach, EdD, Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, 410-502-0460, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH, MBA, Associate Scientist, International Health, 410-502-7663, email@example.com