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221.602.01 Applications in Managing Health Organizations in Low and Middle Income Countries

International Health
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Teresa Labarre
Course Instructor:

Using case studies, a simulation, and group-based activities, supplemented by required weekly online lectures and readings, students explore a variety of settings found in low and middle-income countries in which to apply management concepts. Students examine: (1) organizational restructuring in response to decentralization, (2) environmental scanning ,(3) systems behavior in hospital organizations, (4) multiple approaches to group decision making, (5) managing to achieve agreement in health organizations, (6) preparing, implementing, and communicating a budget that is based on limited resources within a business, (7) performance improvement concepts and tools in a healthcare organization, and (8) the construct of a “balanced score card” for a health organization. Students apply these concepts to the activities and assignments in this management skills learning lab.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Collaborate effectively in teams to tackle problems faced by managers in health organizations.
  2. Apply SWOT analysis to evaluate the environmental and organizational factors influencing an organizational change
  3. Value the communication and collaboration skills essential in addressing organizational systems issues
  4. Develop a budget based on information regarding business or service volume, staffing levels, salary rates and supply usage and costs
  5. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to management decision making
  6. Use quality improvement tools to analyze and resolve operational problems
  7. Articulate the metrics required to create a balanced scorecard to monitor organizational performance
Methods of Assessment:

Five graded group assignments (50%), participation and peer evaluation (25%), online lecture quizzes (25%)

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates. Experience working in the health sector in LMICs required for students not in IH

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Required for students other than IH MSPH students in the Health Systems program

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

In addition to the weekly two hours of class time, students are required to complete a weekly one-hour online lecture or material as part of this 3 credit class.