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Department: International Health
Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Teresa Labarre
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Collaborate effectively in teams to tackle problems faced by managers in health organizations.
Apply SWOT analysis to evaluate the environmental and organizational factors influencing an organizational change
Value the communication and collaboration skills essential in addressing organizational systems issues
Develop a budget based on information regarding business or service volume, staffing levels, salary rates and supply usage and costs
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to management decision making
Use quality improvement tools to analyze and resolve operational problems
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%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 8:30 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 50
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

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

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
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.