Public Health Leadership - MPH 635

Credits: 3 credits

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories, identify leadership challenges, and analyze best practices in public health leadership. Emphasis is given to reflection and self-development of decision-making and leadership styles in assuming leadership roles within public health organizations.


Leadership is not simply for those at the top of an organization or health department. Leadership can be demonstrated in coalitions, committees, grant writing, advocacy, public relations, planning and implementation. Leadership skills can be learned and honed over time. Today’s public health leaders need to be forward-thinking and creative. They need to know how to work with all aspects of the public. Public health leaders need to be adaptable, systems thinkers and they need to be able to deal with controversial issues. Public health leaders should be committed to lifelong learning.

Course Objectives

The student through participation in this course, will be able to:

  1. Describe and demonstrate special skills and abilities needed by health leaders.
  2. Understand the appropriate time to use formal and informal meetings.
  3. Investigate social forces causing opposing viewpoints regarding public health needs and concerns.
  4. Explain the process of marketing public health.
  5. Employ a wide range of strategies for dealing with controversial health issues and with multicultural issues.
  6. List a wide range of techniques for communicating health and health education information.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in written communication including writing press releases.
  8. Demonstrate how to build a broad-based, effective coalition.
  9. Create and implement SMART objectives.
  10. Explain best practices and techniques of leadership using the core public health functions and the ten essential services.
  11. Apply individual or collaborative methods as appropriate to given situations.
  12. Work as part of a team to develop a grant proposal.
  13. Use appropriate technology for public health leadership applications.

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