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Management and Leadership in Humanitarian Health

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Paul Spiegel
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


In an increasing complex and insecure geopolitical environment, management and leadership in humanitarian response are becoming more essential to ensure an effective response.

Are you ready to lead and manage a humanitarian health response?

Examines an array of management and leadership models. Applies management and leadership theories and models to multiple humanitarian contexts. Assesses students' management and leadership styles and how they may affect humanitarian work. Discusses organizational structures and design as well as culture, and how they can affect humanitarian response.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Outline why the study of management and leadership is important to professionals working in the field of humanitarian health
  2. Relate and discuss the role of evidence-based management and leadership in humanitarian health
  3. Assess leadership style and dominant power and conflict management modes, and how they may influence work in humanitarian health
  4. Explain major leadership theories, their advantages and limitations, how they may be suited for humanitarian health work
  5. Describe how management has evolved as a field of knowledge, theory and practice
  6. Identify important roles, functions, activities, and competencies for humanitarian health professionals
  7. Discuss leaders’ roles in developing people and high performing teams for humanitarian health
  8. Describe and differentiate between organization structures and organization design, and indicate advantages and disadvantages of each
  9. Assess the role of culture in motivating teams and conducting cross-cultural negotiations
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Only non-OPAL students. OPAL MAS students should enroll in 604.731.86

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Section not open to OPAL students. OPAL students should enroll in 604.731.86 instead.