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312.655.01 Organizational Behavior and Management

Health Policy and Management
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Fri 04/10/2015 - Sat 04/11/2015
Class Times:
  • F Sa,  8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Blakely Goldsmith
Course Instructor:
  • Paula Singer

Explores organizational behavior perspectives and theories, which provide the framework for the critical study of management, and the interpersonal skills and knowledge required by managers in the dynamic health sector. Students develop an approach to thinking about health sector organizations and their complexity. Emphasizes current thinking and the application of theory to practice in the areas of management, employee motivation, group behavior and team development, power and influence plus conflict management and negotiation skills.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain alternate organizational behavior perspectives and conceptual frameworks
  2. Explain how personality and perception influence behavior in organizations
  3. Apply theories and concepts of motivation and teamwork to developing strategies for improving performance
  4. Apply theories and concepts of conflict management and negotiation to improve organizational communication and performance
  5. Assess the influence of organizational culture on management and employee behavior
Methods of Assessment:

Group assignments (30%), class participation (30%) and a final paper (40%). Group assignments are composed of (a) case study analyses, (b) role playing/simulations, discussions of specific readings and key concepts/theories

Enrollment Restriction:

Not open to undergraduate students; recommmended for MPH leadership & management concentration and HFM certificate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is a highly participative and interactive course. Teaching methods include lectures, directed discussion, and concept application activities. This is not a "lecture-dominated" course. The lectures are interspersed throughout the two days. Students are required to complete pre-course readings and two assignments before the course begins on April 10. The 2-days are structured around the course's concepts and theories associated with organizational behavior, motivation, group processes and teamwork, organizational culture, conflict management and negotiation.