International Health Management and Leadership (Online) MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Core and optional modules

Year 1

HAR6043: Introduction to Research Methods (online)

(15 credits)

This module runs in the Autumn semester

Introduction

This module provides students with an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and to the types of skills necessary for the planning, data gathering and dissemination stages of health-related research.

Topics covered include:

  • Research design
  • Methods of data collection
  • Approaches to analysing data and writing a research proposal

The course provides a foundation for further learning in specific research methods. It is primarily designed for new students beginning masters courses in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and there is an emphasis on research techniques used in public health and health services research (HSR).


Objectives

  • To equip students with a basic understanding of the underlying principles of quantitative and qualitative research and the links between the two
  • To introduce students to the key data generation methods of current use in public health and health-related research
  • To enable students to choose the most appropriate research method to address a particular research question
  • To enable students to gain a basic overview of a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysis
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill to undertake the design of a health-related research proposal

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Describe a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs used in health research and identify the advantages and disadvantages associated with these designs
  • Design an appropriate mixed-method research study to answer a health-related research question
  • Choose the appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods to collect data
  • Write a research proposal suitable for submission to a research funding body

Teaching methods

This is an online distance learning module. The teaching methods include guided independent study and facilitated discussions with constructive feedback.

MOLE online resources, including reading, audio/visual materials and self-assessment exercises, will be used to provoke critical thinking.

In addition, synchronous small group tutorials will be held to allow students to share their knowledge and experiences providing opportunities to consolidate their learning.


Assessment details

Component

Weighting

Online journal entries (5) 0% (formative assessment)
Mixed Methods research proposal (2,000 words) 100%

Assessment 1 (formative) involves the completion of five online journal entries.

Assessment 2 (summative) students are required to develop a 2,000 word mixed methods research proposal.

CBE6194: Managing People in Organisations (online)

(15 credits)

This module runs in the Autumn semester

Introduction

The course has been designed to particularly reinforce students on post-qualifying pathways by the means of broadening their knowledge in managing Human Resources in Healthcare organisations. 

This will be achieved by familiarising them with the scope of managerial skills, with the view to helping them bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge related and applied to HC organizational functions and behavioural traits.

It touches issues of change and diversity management, employee motivation and even, patient empowerment; the course aims at preparing efficient managers to enhance sustainable competitive advantage through HR practices.


Aims

This unit aims to help students acquire valuable knowledge and develop professional skills in order to effectively:

  • manage people; to lead and transform health care organizations
  • coach, and mentor a diverse and changing workforce
  • cope with employee diversity and change issues
  • Implement management practices that optimize workforce performance

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a student will be able to:

  • Establish practical organizational workforce plans and practices, which aim to solve problems in alignment with organizational goals and objectives
  • Have a conceptual understanding of the strategic role of human resources management in a health care organization
  • Understand and value the impact of workforce diversity and globalization on health care organizations
  • Use critical judgment to construct effective human resources policies for the effective management of people in health care organizations
  • Describe and critique the characteristics of an effective performance management system
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the strategic importance of HR practices

Teaching methods

The course will be delivered entirely online using the University of Sheffield's ‘My Online Learning Environment (MOLE)’.

This will ensure the module is suited to those students whose situation requires a flexible learning platform, such as those still working or with caring responsibilities.

The unit teaching methods will consist of a number of asynchronous methods, allowing students to access these at any time. These include:

  • Recorded lectures/screencasts will be used to provide some material, either in video or audio and PowerPoint slide format
  • Selected additional video and interview materials will be used, based on practitioner experiences of Health care Organisations
  • Problem-based learning using scenarios requiring students to apply Health Needs Assessment theory to actual healthcare situations in the UK and internationally
  • Some synchronous methods will also be used, to enable students to communicate with staff and other students and test their understanding. This will include; interactive MOLE-based discussions board or similar platform
  • Webinars and on-line discussions; and formal learning paths to guide the students through the material

Assessment

Formal assessment will consist of a 4,000 word assignment.

This module will be assessed via one 4,000 word individual written assignment, which will comprise in total 10 equally weighted criteria (9 assignment questions plus 1 presentation and referencing criterion).

Detailed marking criteria have been developed to guide students and assessors.

The written assignment will require students to answer 9 case study questions, which will assess all of the learning outcomes and will include among others the following:

  • Identification of the HR functions
  • Job descriptions analysis
  • Staffing strategies and development illustration
  • Compensation strategies analysis
  • Implementation factor
  • Long term HR planning
  • Conclusions
  • List of references
HAR699: Leading and Managing Health Services (online)

(15 credits)

This module runs in the Spring semester

Introduction

This module integrates the principles of managing health care services and leading on rapid changes and advances in regional, national and international contexts.

Principles of health management will be demonstrated through case-based teaching, in order to enable students to understand how to solve common management problems.

Cases will be used to illustrate the complexity of the operating environment for health systems and health services.

Students will be supported in developing critical thinking about the relative effectiveness of different approaches to management by analysing their own health care services within a broader cultural, political and policy context.


Objectives

The module aims to:

  • Link the basic principles of management and organisational theory to specific challenges and applications within the field of public health and health systems
  • Illustrate how leadership skills can contribute to responsive, efficient and effective health services

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will have developed;

  • A critical understanding of the relevance of different management and organisational theories to the field of health
  • The ability to analyse a range of complex health situations in terms of the challenges posed to management
  • An understanding of the relative effectiveness of different management and leadership styles within different cultures, contexts, and health services
  • The ability to propose feasible solutions to management issues in health systems

Teaching methods

A mixture of online tutorials, asynchronous moderated discussion groups and other interactive methods will be used to ensure that students from diverse academic backgrounds have a baseline level of understanding of management and organisational theory.

Prior to each session students will be expected to undertake advanced reading and preparation for the session.

Online discussions will be encouraged to take place prior to and after the teaching week utilizing the MOLE discussion board in relation to the case studies provided. During the week for each session students will be involved in case and group discussions related to the material as well as interactive lectures.

Students are expected to keep reflective diaries to facilitate a balance in terms of the student’s own learning between the dissemination of knowledge and the practical interpretation and utilisation of that knowledge.

This module has been designed specifically for online learning and the teaching methods include guided independent study, facilitated discussions and feedback.

Each weekly session involves a variety of learning material, including embedded videos, text and graphics on the screen, and links to external resources.

We aim to involve you in a variety of activities – fully engaging in these is key to advancing your learning and successful completion of the assessments.


Assessment

Component Weighting
Business Plan Project 100%

At the end of the module students will submit their business plan project.

The student will choose an area in public health or health systems broadly (it could be in your workplace if you are working in a health care or public health setting) where there is a need for a service or a programme.

Explain whether this is a new need - requiring a new service or programme – or whether it is an existing service or programme that needs to be improved. Clearly describe the health needs and justify the need that the service will address.

A business plan outline and an assessment criteria for marking including characteristics of a strong business plan will be provided as a guide when writing your plan.

The pass mark is 50%.

Year 2

HAR6044: Systematic Approaches to Evidence Assessment (online)

(15 credits)

This module runs in the Autumn semester

Introduction

The purpose of this module is to provide the skills and knowledge required to conduct rapid assessments of the evidence base and then to apply these assessments to health management and/or clinical practice.

It introduces and explains rapid review methodologies that seek to optimise the balance between rigour and relevance, ensuring the timely and judicious use of evidence that is both user sensitive and context-dependent.

This module will also address the growing demand for knowledge translation of research findings, specifically within the context of developing countries.

A key feature is production of a culturally-sensitive action plan that takes into account local feasibility and implementation issues.


Objectives

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of evidence-based public health and the skills in evidence assessment required to produce a context-specific rapid review and action plan.

Students will make a detailed analysis of an issue, topic or problem of their choice and report their findings together with an accompanying implementation strategy.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  1. Describe the key principles of evidence-based public health and how they are used in healthcare organisations.
  2. Assess the different methods of evidence assessment and the contexts within which they are used.
  3. Recognise the importance of quality assessment as a key component of evidence production.
  4. Analyse the main activities required to produce a rigorous, relevant and timely evidence product situated within a local, regional, national or international context.
  5. Explain how evidence assessments may contribute to appropriate decision-making within their own organisation.
  6. Evaluate the impact of evidence-based recommendations in terms of feasibility, acceptability and implications for practice.
  7. Assess how implementation-related issues moderate the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions, programmes or policies.
  8. Interpret evaluation mechanisms which can be used to evaluate the impact/success of evidence based public health approaches.

Teaching methods

This module is delivered completely online. Distance learning software and other interactive technologies will be used to facilitate communication, teaching and learning.

Students will be expected to carry out independent study and to prepare for interactions with tutors and the class by undertaking guided reading and/or specified learning activities, including analysis of case studies, published research studies and implementation plans.

A mixture of recorded lectures, online seminars and tutor-monitored activity in asynchronous online discussion groups will be used in the delivery of this unit.


Expectations

Independent study (including preparation for assessments) of 150 hours.


Assessment

A portfolio-based approach will enable students to achieve a structured progression through the critical stages of evidence assessment ie identification and prioritisation of important questions or issues, location and assessment of the evidence base, and consideration of applicability to the student’s chosen context, compiling key deliverables at each stage (80%).

Having assessed the relevant evidence base students will develop a brief structured implementation (or action) plan and will present this in a visual/audible format (20%)

Component(s)

Weighting

Evidence Portfolio (2,500 words) 80%
Implementation (Action) Plan 20%

The pass mark is 50%

CBE6193: Accounting and Financial Management (online)

(15 credits)

This module runs in the Autumn semester

Introduction

The unit aims to introduce the basic accounting and financial management concepts and principles so as to enhance the abilities of the participants to understand the nature of financial information, identify relevant economic events, determine the most appropriate financial measures for those events, and analyse the effects of those events on a firm’s performance and financial position.

The module also aims to help participants understand the appropriateness, the advantages / shortcomings of various accounting & financial management techniques and tools and use them accordingly to make value - creating for the organisation decisions.


Objectives

This unit aims to develop the participants’ knowledge and competence to effectively evaluate and make sound decisions concerning the operational, investing and financing activities of a firm within the specific contexts of the participants’ organizations.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and the ability to use and interpret financial and non-financial information in management planning and decision making, in operational control, and performance evaluation.
  • Recognise and apply the appropriate techniques and tools used by managers in complex domains of decision making.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of nature of the information provided by the accounting system of a company and systematically evaluate the characteristics of this information that make it most useful for decision making.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the key role of financial management in making sound financial decisions such as fund raising and investing.
  • Critically assess and evaluate the principle concepts and techniques used in the area of accounting and financial management.

Teaching methods

The course is taught completely online. This offers flexibility and enables the students to study at their own pace and from any location, allowing students to fit their studies around part or full-time employment.

The course will be delivered via the University of Sheffield's ‘My Online Learning Environment (MOLE)’. MOLE enables students to access all of the course materials, to interact and collaborate with fellow students and tutors and to complete and submit formative and summative exercises and assessments.

The unit teaching methods will consist of a number of asynchronous methods:

  • Recorded lectures in a form of screencast, leading to independent study of lecture notes available in MOLE
  • Selected videos and interviews
  • Analysis of case studies and other problem solving exercises and synchronous methods:
  • Interactive discussions on discussion board or private social media
  • Webinars and on-line discussions
  • Learning paths would guide the students through the material.

Assessment details

Assessment component Weighting
Individual written assignment (3,000 words) 100%
Online tests (for self-evaluation) 0% (formative)

This module will be assessed via one 3,000 word individual written assignment. The assignment will comprise of three parts, that are not equally weighted.

CBE6192: Strategic Management (online)

(15 credits)

This module runs in the Spring semester

Introduction

Strategic management of organizations is a complex undertaking which starts with the central question: why are some firms more profitable than others?

The course introduces students to the challenge of managing strategy in complex contemporary healthcare environments. The course will require students to examine this question by integrating knowledge from other units, while simultaneously learning and applying new strategic management concepts, principles, frameworks and methodologies.

Topics include strategic management, environmental and internal analysis and diagnosis, strategy selection, and implementation and evaluation. Case studies will be used to give students practical examples.


Aims

This unit aims to cover all the need-to-know topics in strategic management, including:

  • The nature of strategic management
  • Analyzing industry and competition
  • Strategies for cost advantage and differentiation advantage
  • Strategy in times of change
  • Resources, capabilities and competitive advantage
  • Alliances
  • Diversification
  • Internationalization
  • Strategy implementation.

The overall aim of the course is to understand the economic, management and operational complexities of healthcare, healthcare providers and practitioners, and explore the strategic options available.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a student will be able to demonstrate:

  • A conceptual understanding of key concepts and critical awareness of theories concerning strategic management.
  • Systematic and critical evaluation of current theories and practice of strategic management
  • A critical awareness of the techniques of strategic analysis and the range of their applicability and their limitations in complex domains.
  • A critical grasp of the main issues regarding the challenges of healthcare delivery and strategically managing them.
  • Transferable skills such as analysis of case studies, undertaking deductive and inductive reasoning, and assessing the reasoning of others by engaging in debate

Teaching methods

The course is delivered online by distance learning. This involves online sessions on each topic covered including case studies to help impart knowledge and understanding of key strategic management issues.

The course will be delivered via the University of Sheffield's ‘My Online Learning Environment (MOLE)’. MOLE enables students to access all of the course materials, to interact and collaborate with fellow students and tutors and to complete and submit formative and summative exercises and assessments.

The unit teaching methods will consist of a number of asynchronous methods:

  • Recorded lectures in a form of screencast, leading to independent study of lecture notes available in MOLE
  • Selected videos and interviews
  • Analysis of case studies and other problem solving exercises and synchronous methods
  • Interactive discussions on discussion board or private social media
  • Webinars and online discussions

The development of independent critical thinking is a core objective and students will be encouraged to develop their own questions, inquiries and challenges.


Assessment

Assessment Component Weighting
Individual written assignment (3,000 words) 100%

At the end of the module students will submit a strategic plan that addresses a healthcare management issue.

CBE6195: Foundations of Leadership & Teamwork (online)

(15 credits)

This module runs in the Spring semester

Introduction

The course investigates the issues of becoming an effective leader and developing effective teamwork within health service providing organizations, critical for their success.

The Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork course looks at individual, team, and organizational leadership. It lays the groundwork for examining and developing students’ own personal leadership capabilities, whatever their responsibilities are within a hospital or other health/society oriented organizations.

The course focuses on horizontal and vertical leadership, team building and performance and team leadership including the critical topic of ethics. It involves interactive and mixed-method format, building this way personal skills through team projects, class discussions, problem-solving, case studies as well as role-playing.


Aims

The course aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge to develop their individual skills in the healthcare sector through:

  • Applying theories and concepts of leadership and teamwork 
  • Applying theories and concepts to improve their leadership skills
  • Appreciating the importance of teamwork
  • Developing effective communication

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical understanding of theories and concepts of leadership and teamwork in organizations
  • Understanding of the techniques and practical understanding of how to apply theories and concepts to improve leadership skills
  • Critical awareness of the importance of teamwork and development of the skills for building effective teams
  • Development of skills in effective and professional communication
  • Development of skills in systematic and efficient managing of conflict issues.

Teaching methods

The course is taught completely online. This offers flexibility and enables the students to study at their own pace and from any location, allowing students to fit their studies around part or full-time employment.

The course will be delivered via the University of Sheffield's ‘My Online Learning Environment (MOLE)’. MOLE enables students to access all of the course materials, to interact and collaborate with fellow students and tutors and to complete and submit formative and summative exercises and assessments. The unit teaching methods will consist of a number of asynchronous methods:

  • Recorded lectures in a form of screencast, leading to independent study of lecture notes available in MOLE
  • Selected videos and interviews
  • Analysis of case studies and other problem-solving exercises

The unit will also use synchronous methods such as;

  • Interactive discussions on discussion board or private social media
  • Webinars and online discussions

Learning paths will guide the students through the material.


Assessment

Component assessment Weighting
Online tests to measure progress (self-assessed) 0% (formative)
Written Coursework Report (3,000 words) 100%

Progress will be measured against the learning path by allowing self-evaluation online tests, that are not formally assessed.

The formal assessment will be primarily made through a coursework report. Students will utilise their individual organizational contexts as case studies and present and justify a specific approach to leadership that will mobilise their immediate workforce to address a problem with service delivery; this discussion will be rooted in the literature and the materials presented throughout the unit.

This analysis could also be extended to leadership within the context of disaster management. Each student will work directly with the Unit Leader in tailoring a case study approach that is contextually specific and academically rigorous.

HAR6053: Dissertation (online)

(60 credits)

This module runs in the autumn and spring semester

Introduction

The dissertation, which is supervised online, enables students to develop an understanding of the processes and the skills required to undertake a supervised research project in health care.

Having successfully completed the dissertation, a student will be able to:

  • demonstrate researcher skills commensurate with the achievement of a masters degree
  • demonstrate independence of inquiry; produce a cogently argued piece of writing that demonstrates researcher competence and the ability to operate independently
  • address issues of research design, methodology, ethics and theoretical arguments
  • locate their own research in relation to these issues

Objectives

The dissertation aims to develop an understanding of the processes and skills required to undertake a supervised research project at masters level.

The module objectives are;

  • To enable you to develop research skills commensurate with the accomplishment of a masters degree
  • To enable you to develop skills in independent inquiry
  • To enable you to produce a coherent and logically argued piece of writing that demonstrates competence in research and the ability to operate independently
  • To enable you to address issues of research design, methodology, ethics and theoretical arguments, and locate a piece of research within these

Learning outcomes

By the end of a unit, the student will be able to:

  • Design and manage a piece of original project work
  • Discuss the ethical dimensions of your research and obtain appropriate ethical approval if needed
  • Synthesise knowledge and skills previously gained and applied to an in-depth study
  • Establish links between theory and methods within your field of study
  • Select from different methodologies, methods and forms of analysis to produce a suitable research design, and justify this design
  • Present your findings in an appropriate written format

Teaching methods

The teaching methods aim to give the students the confidence to undertake an original piece of research with the added support and guidance of supervisors.

A variety of online resources and interactive sessions will be used to outline what is expected from students and to help them develop their research question and proposal ensuring that all projects comply with both ethics and governance requirements.

One-to-one online discussions and email exchange with supervisors will provide a formal process of support to the students throughout the project including comments on drafts of the dissertation.


Assessment

The students will be assessed by submission of a research plan (formative) and a written dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words (this being summative and bearing 100% of the final mark for the module).

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 11 January 2021