MANAGING NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE HEALTH SECTOR Syllabus

551.608.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 5:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Henry Perry
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Apply, frequently used management tools to fulfill the responsibilities of NGO managers
    • Identify potentially difficult situations and apply appropriate strategies to either resolve them or reduce negative outcomes
  • Course Description
    Familiarizes students with the key competencies required for managing NGOs in the health sector. Though many of the situations described in the lectures are taken from the instructor's experiences in managing international NGOs in developing countries, the material presented is applicable in organizational settings in developed countries as well. Topics correspond to the key responsibilities of NGO or health program directors. Lectures present guidelines, best practices, and management tools for the area of responsibility followed by a discussion of the lecturer's and students' experiences on those topics. Readings, which provide background information, are assigned for each class.
  • Intended Audience
    MPH, MHS, and PhD candidates, Health Policy and Management students or Health Systems, International Health students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Term paper 80%; class participation 20%

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Method of Student Evaluation:

    Class attendance and class participation: 15%

    Homework: 15%

    Group work and presentation of group work

        to class:10%

    Presentation of term paper topic to class: 10%

    Term paper: 30%

    Final exam (open book):20%

    TOTAL: 100%

  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    None

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    None

  • 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

    Class Schedule (With Some Adjustments Possible as We Move Through the Course)

     

    Tuesday 22 January 2013 – Introduction to the Course, to NGOs, and to Management Issues/Challenges

    • Course overview (10 minutes)
    • Survey of the backgrounds and interests of students (25 minutes)
    • Survey of the ideal boss (20 minutes)
    • Lecture and class discussion: A Personal Reflection on Working in Management and Leadership in NGOs in the Health Sector (Henry Perry) (20 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for January 26: Creating a learning organization (Senge: The Fifth Discipline; The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, pp. 3-16)

     

    Thursday 24 January 2013 – Getting Organized

    • Discussion of reading assignment (20 minutes)
    • Distribution of assignments, and discussion of what work the groups and individuals will carry out (10 minutes)
    • Breakout session: small group work (35 minutes)
    • Discussion of type of NGO manager to interview (10 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for January 29: Tools for NGO management

     

    Tuesday 29 January 2013 – Addressing NGO Management Issues: The View from the Experts

    • Guest Lecture – Management Issues that NGOs in Maryland Face (Amy Coates Madsen

    Program Director Standards for Excellence, and Craig Weinrich, Director of Membership,

    Maryland Nonprofits (45 minutes)

    • Class discussion with Ms. Madsen and Mr. Weinrich (with questions arising from reading assignment) (30 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for January 31: Social entrepreneurship and leadership (Bornstein: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, pp. 1-10; 238-261.

     

    Thursday 31 January 2013 – Basic Principles of Management

    • Discussion of reading  20 minutes
    • Lecture: Basic Principles of Management – Part I (Henry Perry) (30 minutes)
    • Breakout session: Small group work (20 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for February 5: reading

     

    Tuesday 5 February 2013 – Basic Principles of Management

    • Discussion of reading 20 minutes
    • Lecture: Basic Principles of Management – Part 2 (Henry Perry) (30 minutes)
    • Breakout session: Small group work (20 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for February 7: none (use available time for working on term paper and final presentation)

     

    Thursday 7 February 2013 – Presentation of Group Work – Interviews with NGO Managers

     

    Reading assignment for February 12: none (use available time for working on term paper and final presentation)

     

    Tuesday 12 February 2013 – Management and Leadership in Small NGOs

    • Guest lecture (Nate Nickerson, RN, DrPH, Executive Director, Konbit Sante, Portland, Maine): Management Lessons Learned as Executive Director of a Small NGO Working in Health (45 minutes)
    • Class discussion with Dr. Nickerson (30 minutes)

                   

    Reading assignment for February 14: none (use available time for working on term paper and final presentation)

     

    Thursday 14 February 2013 – Management and Leadership in Large NGOs

    • Guest lecturer: Laban Tsuma, MD, MPH, MCHIP Advisor and former Program Manager, Eastern and Southern Africa, Plan International, Washington DC): Management Lessons Learned from Working within a Large NGO (45 minutes)
    • Class discussion with Dr. Tsuma (30 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for February 19: none (use available time for working on term paper and final presentation)

     

    Tuesday 19 February 2013 – Management and Leadership in Large NGOs (cont.)

    • Guest lecturer: Thomas Davis, MPH, Chief Program Officer, Food for the Hungry
    • Management Lessons Learned from Working within a Large NGO (45 minutes)
    • Class discussion with Mr. Davis (30 minutes)

     

    Reading Assignment for February 21: BRAC – a case study of the emergence of a new type of large international NGO (BRAC, BRAC Receives Gates Award for Global Health, 2004; Smillie, Freedom from Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, the Global Grassroots Organization that Is Winning the Fight Against Poverty, pp. 245-259;)

     

    Thursday 21 February 2013 – Management and Leadership in Large NGOs

    • Discussion of reading assignment (20 minutes, led by Taufique Joarder)
    • Lecture: Management Lessons Learning from Working with Small and Large NGOs (Henry Perry) (55 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for February 26: Perspectives on leadership by outstanding leaders (selected readings from various sources compiled into a single document)

     

    Tuesday 26 February 2013 – Leadership

    • Review of readings (20 minutes)
    • Lecture: Leadership and NGO management (Taufique Joarder and Henry Perry) (20 minutes)
    • Question and answer discussion with Dr. Perry regarding his management and leadership experiences (35 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for Feb 28: none (use available time for working on term paper and final presentation)

     

    Thursday 28 February 2013 – Managerial and Leadership Challenges for a CEO in a Large NGO

    • Guest lecturer: Leslie Mancuso – PhD, RN, FAAP, President and Chief Executive Office, Jhpiego

     

    Reading assignment for March 5: On-line and/or library research: What Are Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Deviance, and Open Space Technology? (on-line exploration and self-learning)

     

    Tuesday 5 March 2013 – Workshop on Building Organizational Capacity, Motivating Your Team, and Enhancing Social Profit Performance

    • Discussion of reading assignment (20 minutes)
    • Workshop for providing students with exposure to appreciative inquiry, positive deviance and open space technology (55 minutes)
    • The final exam will be distributed

     

    Reading Assignment for March 7: none (use available time for working on term paper, final presentation and final exam)

     

    7 March 2013 – Individual Student Presentations

    • Presentations from individual students about their term papers (75 minutes)

     

    Reading assignment for March 12: none (use available time for working on term paper, final presentation and final exam)                                                                      

     

    10 March 2013 (Sunday at 11:59 pm) – Term papers due in Dropbox

     

    11 March 2013 (Monday at 11:59 pm) – Final exam due in Dropbox

     

    12 March 2013 – Individual Student Presentations

    • Presentations from individual students about their term papers (75 minutes)

     

    14 March 2013 –

    • Best individual presentations to the entire class (40 minutes)
    • Final wrap-up (15 minutes)
  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

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