Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Ann E. Downer
G H 522
Seattle Campus

Global Program Management and Leadership

Focuses on management and leadership skills for complex global health settings. Includes personal leadership strengths/values; management dilemmas, data-driven decisions; program planning design and evaluation; and resource management. Offered: W.

Class description

This course focuses on the practical leadership and management skills that are required for working effectively in a global health setting. Participants develop a clear sense of their own strengths and weaknesses in management and leadership and contribute to a Professional Development Plan started in Autumn quarter during GH 521. In addition to self-assessment and reflection, students study topics and practice skills associated with building strong teams, supervising and delegating work, managing conflict, using data for making management decisions, communicating effectively, and managing resources.

Student learning goals

1. Align and motivate individuals, systems, and resources toward a common purpose;

2. Pose meaningful questions about what constitutes effective management and leadership in different cultural and organizational settings;

3. Make decisions that weigh practical needs and conditions with ethical, legal, and compliance considerations;

4. Use core principles and tools from human resources and finance to address challenges and solve problems;

5. Identify and consult appropriate sources of data for making sound management decisions; and

8. Design and manage systems that are responsive to national and international standards and assure financial and ethical accountability.

General method of instruction

Instructional methods include viewing recorded lectures before class and using class time to analyze case studies, participate in discussion, and practice skills. Students also complete self-paced online modules outside of class and engage in group discussion via the course website/learning management system, Canvas.

Recommended preparation

Students in GH 522 are expected to have completed GH 521 before taking this course. The course is designed for graduate students with some mid-level management experience in a global health setting.

Class assignments and grading

The emphasis of this course is on the ability to think critically and to understand, interpret, and apply learning in the context of global health program management. The instructor will be looking for the integration and application of content from the course into practice and for active contributions to class discussion. Assignments include completion of the following: Required reading and review of websites Required viewing of Everyday Leadership videos Team functioning analysis Conflict profile Case study analyses Six online self-paced learning modules Posting a recorded Leadership Journey presentation Integration of insights into the Professional Development Plan Participation in discussion board on the course website.

Grades for the course are based on the following: Individual assignments - team functioning analysis, conflict profile, and case study analyses (20%) Online learning assignments - evidence of completion of six online learning modules (20%) Presentation - the Leadership Journey (20%) Reflection Paper - integration of learning into the on-going Professional Development Plan (20%) Participation in class discussion/exercises and discussion board on the course website (20%)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ann E. Downer
Date: 06/19/2013