HLTHMGT 729 : Strategic Health Management

Medical and Health Sciences

2021 Semester One (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The importance and contribution of strategic management to the health sector is established through the application of strategic management thinking and theory to complex systems. Skills in strategy formulation are developed through application of the logic and processes of strategy.

Course Overview

Through this course students will build understanding of the process in developing and effective strategy that can work in the healthcare context. A specific focus is placed on developing skills in systems thinking methods to help analyse the context the strategy is to be applied. The course also looks deeply at the political nature of the healthcare system and identifies how influence strategies can be used to develop and successfully apply strategy that effects change.

The course is taught in a blended model. Half of the course is in face to face workshops. These workshops make use of case studies, simulations, and debates to apply the principles. The other half of the course is delivered through on-line self paced e-learning modules.


Course Requirements

Restriction: POPLHLTH 729

Course Contacts

Dr Peter Carswell
Email: p.carswell@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 9954

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain theories of strategy as they relate to the public healthcare context (Capability 1.2, 2.2 and 5.1)
  2. Analyse environmental factors that are of greater and less importance to a health organisation's startegy (Capability 1.2, 2.1 and 6.2)
  3. Explain the social, political, and technical factors that impact on strategy (Capability 2.1, 5.3, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Demonstrate how to develop a draft strategic plan for a health organisation (Capability 1.2, 4.1 and 6.1)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 35% Individual Coursework
Reports 25% Individual Coursework
Reports 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Essay
Reports
Reports

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 12 hours of lectures, 12 hours on on-line self paced modules hour tutorial,  50 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 75 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including workshops to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including workshops will be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including tutorials for assignments.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Online

Attendance is required at  online activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Guides on system dynamic modelling
Students requested some easy to access resources to guide the development of causal loop diagrams. This has been provided in the relevant module

Assignment preparation
Students supported dedicated zoom tutorials a week out of each assignment due date to discuss questions. This will continue in 2021

Assignment structure
Students requested more guidance on the structure of assignments. This has been developed and will be available in 2021

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.