Healthcare Management & Leadership Track
The focus of the Healthcare Management and Leadership Track is on measuring, monitoring and improving the clinical and financial performance of health services organizations, as well as training leaders for organizational change. The track curriculum is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence framework and targets those who have master's level training related to healthcare management.
The competencies for the track in Healthcare Management and Leadership are met through required and elective coursework, independent research, and the process of writing a dissertation. Upon successful completion, students will have mastered the school-wide, department and track competencies:
Foundational (School-wide) Program Competencies:
- Identify, synthesize and apply evidence based public health research and theory from a broad range of disciplines and health related data sources for problem solving and to advance programs, policies, and systems promoting population health.
- Identify and analyze ethical issues including balancing the claims of personal liberty with the responsibility to protect and improve the health of the population; and act on the ethical concepts of social justice and human rights in public health research and practice.
- Influence decision-making regarding policies and practices that advance public health using scientific knowledge, analysis, communication and consensus building.
- Assess and use communication strategies across diverse audiences to inform and influence individual, organization, community and policy actions in order to promote the health of the public.
- Enable organizations and communities to create, communicate and apply shared visions, missions and values; inspire trust and motivate others; build capacity; improve performance, enhance the quality of the working environment; and use evidence-based strategies to enhance public health.
- Design and evaluate system-level and programmatic initiatives in multidisciplinary teams so as promote public health outcomes and health equity.
- Provide fiscally responsible, strategic, and operational guidance within both public and private health organizations, for achieving individual and community health and wellness.
- Apply organizational theory and interpret its relation to professional practice as it contributes to the development, implementation, and monitoring of organizational performance standards while promoting team learning and organizational learning.
- Identify and apply concepts and methods for measurement, monitoring and improvement of the clinical and financial performance of health services organizations, as well as train leaders for organizational change initiatives.
- Utilize strategic assessment and planning skills to identify internal and external issues that may impact delivery of essential public health services, and apply facilitation skills to ensure the participation of key internal and external organizational stakeholders.
Required Non-credit Courses
- Introduction to Online Learning (required for all JHSPH students prior to enrolling in online courses)
- Title IX and Harassment Prevention Training (Students and Non-supervisors)
- Academic and Research Ethics
- HPM DrPH Graduate Seminar
- School-wide DrPH Online Seminar– Developing a Dissertation (optional)
Required Foundational Courses
- Problem-based Course 1 – The Opioid Crisis: Problem Solving Seminar, 3 credits
- Problem-based Course 2 – Protecting the Environment and Safeguarding Worker Health: A Problem-based Approach, 3 credits
- Problem-based Course 3 – Tackling the Intersectoral Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance: Problem Solving Seminar, 3 credits
- Problem-based Course 4 – Vaccine Safety, 3 credits
- Foundations of Organizational Leadership: A Survey Course, 3 credits
- Applied Leadership Development, 3 credits
- Making Effective Public Presentations, 2 credits
- Case Studies in Communicating with the Media, 1 credit
- Educational Leadership, 3 credits
- Dissertation work, 8 credits (minimum)
Required Data Analysis Courses
Choose at least 4 credits from the following:
- Professional Epidemiological Methods: Decision Making in Health Situation Analysis, 2 credits
- Statistical Methods in Public Health IV, 4 credits
- Multilevel Models, 2 credits
- Analysis of Longitudinal Data, 2 credits
- Introduction to Health Survey Research Methods, 2 credits
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods, 3 credits
- Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis for Public Health, 2 credits
Required Health Policy & Management Concentration Prerequisites
- Managing Health Services Organizations, 4 credits OR Fundamentals of Management for Health Care Organizations, 3 credits
- Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System, 4 credits
Required Healthcare Management and Leadership Track Courses
- Strategic Planning, 3 credits
- Health Management Information Systems, 3 credits OR Population Health Informatics, 3 credits
- Quality of Medical Care, 3 credits OR Patient Safety and Medical Errors, 3 credits OR Assessing Health Status and Patient Outcomes, 3 credits
- Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management, 3 credits
- Introduction to Health Economics, 3 credits OR Health Economics I, 3 credits
- At least 13 additional elective credits (The concentration provides a list of recommended elective courses, but students also may choose elective courses from HPM or other departments according to their academic and professional interests.)
Sample Dissertation Titles
Selected titles of dissertations from graduates of the HPM DrPH concentration are below.
- Comparing the Utility of Alternative Measures of Financial Performance for Predicting Conversion to Critical Access Hospitals and Closure in a National Sample of US Rural Hospitals
- Determining the Influence of Hospital Characteristics, Market Conditions, and Financial Performance on Clinical Quality in a Sample of US Rural Hospitals
- Reducing Registration-Associated Patient Identification Errors: A Review of Methods, Metrics, and Performance Improvement
- Dynamics of Acute Care Patient Flow
- Do I Stay or Do I Leave? Exploring the Factors of Employee Retention in Senior Care
- Measuring Clinician Satisfaction and Evaluating an Electronic Health Record at a "Pace" Geriatric Care Site