182.623.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
M 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Dennis Averill
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the organization and structure of an occupational health service system
    • Assess major approaches to managing and improving health services organizations, including approaches to process improvement, strategic planning, and organizational design
    • Apply performance improvement concepts and tools in revising a specific process within an organizational setting
    • Prepare a basic budget
  • Course Description
    Examines elements needed to design and implement an effective safety and health program in industry. Stresses managerial techniques, including financial planning, communications, organizational structure, planning, auditing, and the use of records.
  • Intended Audience
    Master's students.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Class participation and assignments.

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    Student course deliverables:


    1.      A 5-8 page Management Theory for Management Practice Outline/Plan. The components of the Outline/Plan should include and is not limited to: a) what do I want to do/where am I now?; b) what am I planning to do as next steps?; what is my management framework?; c) what are the measures and milestones to consider?; and d) who and what resources will I seek, use and apply?


    2.      A Management Journal that includes critical observations, and reflections from practitioner presentations and discussions.


    Grading Scale:


    The final class grade is cumulative and is a composite of overall performance that recognizes and incorporates attendance, class participation, and the quality and application of the two course deliverables.


    The grade of A will be awarded for excellent performance.

    The grade of B will be awarded for good performance in the course.

    The grade of C will be awarded for average performance in the course.

    The grade of D or F will be awarded for poor performance in the course.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Required Text:
    Averill, Dennis (2011). Lean Sustainability: Creating Safe, Enduring, and Profitable Operations. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group. Boca Raton, FL

    Recommended Text:
    Brauer, Roger (2006). Safety and Health for Engineers. John Wiley & Sons. Hobken, NJ

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics


    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences

    182.623.01 Leadership in Occupational Safety and Health Management

    Third Term, Mondays 1:30-3:50 pm

    Room W2303





    James R. Calvin, PhD

    Associate Professor, Carey Business School, JHU




    Peter S.J. Lees, PhD

    Professor, JHSPH




    Jacqueline Agnew, PhD

    Professor, JHSPH




    Course learning objectives:On completion of this course, the student will have gained insights and a foundation in organizational and personal leadership and management principles and be able to: 1. Recognize and demonstrate identifiable leadership principles for application. 2. Identify and apply management and organizational behavior concepts and tools to assess and describe the organization and structure of an occupational health service system. 3. Assess major approaches to managing and improving occupational safety and health services organizations, including approaches to process improvement, strategic planning, and organizational design. 4. Apply performance improvement concepts and tools related to a specific process within an organizational setting. 5. Prepare a management outline that includes a basic budget for delivery and verification.


    Class modules and sessions:                                


    01.24   Introduction: Leadership, Management & Self-Discovery. Developing a Mindset

                 to Manage in an HSE Environment.  Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI):

    Lasting Leadership: Lessons form the 25 Most Influential Business People of Our Times

    Communication and Personal Preference Viewing of Leadershift DVD/Video by Joel Barker


    01.31   Leadership and Management Practice and Communication Principles

                            Interpreting Organizational Culture

                            ERG Theory Activity

                            Viewing of Culture DVD/Video by Edgar Schein


    02.07   Management and Setting and Achieving Performance/Organizational Goals

    Guest Speaker TBA

                            Operational and Strategic planning

                            SMART objectives and Decision Traps Activity


    02.14   Overview of Budgeting and Financial Management

                           Guest Speaker TBA


    02.21   Continuous Quality Improvement

                            Guest Speaker TBA

                            Audits and Improving a Key Work Process


    02.28   Balanced Scorecard: Measuring and Monitoring Performance

                            Guest Speaker TBA

                            Corporate Social Responsibility


    03.07   Leadership Practice in Conflict Management and Negotiation

                            BATNA, Conflict Recognition and Resolution


    03.14   Change Management, Organization Development

                 Approaches and Models for Guiding Organizational Change

    *Submit Two Final Course Deliverables



    Course Readings:


    Moser, R. (2008). Effective management of health and safety programs (a practical

    guide). Third Edition. Beverly Farms, MA: OEM Press.


    Northouse, P.G. (2010). Leadership theory and practice. Fifth Edition. Thousand Oaks,

    CA: Sage Publishers, Inc.


    Electronic course site:


    The faculty will post articles, papers and other information items to Course Plus.



    Conceptual structure of each class module/session: The class will serve as a management learning laboratory for critical investigation, ideation and feedback and will focus on integrating management and organization principles and practice and practical subject matter to achieve desired outcomes. 



    Course Learning Taxonomy


                Readings (theory and/or case study)


                Theory (lecture and discussion)


                Practitioner and Practice (presentation and feedback)


                Case Study (analysis, synthesis, presentation)


                Class/faculty/practitioner discussion (all participants)


                *not all taxonomy elements necessarily included in every class


  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Dennis Averill, MHS, MAS
    Email: daverill@jhsph.edu
    Tel: 410 262-9579

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.