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COMM 600 Organizational Communication and Leadership 3 hours

This course examines the theoretical and empirical literature addressing the function of communication within the context of complex organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on the evaluation of the roles and responsibilities of leaders as communicators and agents of change, while focusing on a variety of communication problems typically experienced in organizations.

HCAL 600 Introduction to Health Care Systems 3 hours

This course is an overview of the current health care system in the United States. Selected comparisons will be made to health care systems in other countries. Emphasis will be placed on the different health care contexts (hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory and home health care, behavioral health facilities) as they interact with governmental and insurance company policies.  National trend data will be used to determine how the current health care system can better organize, deliver, and administer health care.

HCAL 601 Health Care Leadership 3 hours

This course is a critical examination of the essential components of leadership necessary for a successful health services career. The course focuses on the key values and ethical considerations that guide a leader's personal and professional decision making in a frequently changing and morally and ethically ambiguous health services environment.  

HCAL 700 Health Care Policy and Law 3 hours

This course explores the determinants, components, and processes of health policy and lawmaking in the United States. International comparisons will be featured to more fully examine political forces and their role in policy analysis, formulation, implementation, evaluation, and change.

HCAL 701 Health Systems Budgeting for the Nonfinancial Leader 3 hours

This course demonstrates the application of fiscal theories, concepts, and models of health care systems and their influence on decision-making. In particular, it examines the roles of strategic planning, contract administration, and negotiation in the integration of funding structures with managed care structures like health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and independent practice associations (IPAs). 

LEAD 600 Theories of Organizational Leadership 3 hours

This course provides the foundation for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and starts with the premise that everyone is capable of leadership. This course provides a comprehensive analysis of major leadership theories and research approaches. An integral part of the learning involves students assessing their own leadership philosophy and then analyzing the relationship between their philosophy and selected theories of leadership. It establishes this premise by exposing students to a series of alternative perspectives of leadership, including some contemporary collaborative models.

LEAD 601 Ethical Challenges in Organizations 3 hours

This course examines the challenges of being an ethical, vision-oriented leader (at any level of organization) who must navigate in turbulent, changing environments that often pose choices between "right and right." Learners explore concepts related to level-five leadership and servant leadership, and they begin the process of self-assessment and reflection-in-action.

LEAD 602 Organizational Theory and Behavior 3 hours

This course explores traditional and contemporary theories of organizations. It links organizational theory and behavior to leadership and requires an analysis of the major issues (e.g., change, gender, ethics, and effectiveness) that confront modern complex organizations in today's changing workplace.

LEAD 603 Research Strategies for Leaders I   3 hours
Prerequisite: STAT 600 Applications of Statistical Design

This course provides an in-depth review of critical research principles to prepare students to complete a research project. Specifically, students learn to think critically, to analyze data, employ statistical models, and to examine research methodology, instruments and measures.  Students are taught research proposal writing and are required to turn in a project proposal that includes a draft of the Introduction (Section I) and the Methodology (Section III), a description of the survey instrument and IRB forms if applicable. 

LEAD 700 Research Strategies for Leaders II   3 hours
Prerequisite: STAT600 Applications of Statistical Design and LEAD603 Research Strategies for Leaders I

This course focuses on researching and writing critical reviews of literature and on formatting research findings in a research report. Students are required to turn in final drafts of the Literature Review (Section II), Results (Section IV), and Implications: Recommendations for further Research (Section V) to complete their research project. Students are required to prepare a digital presentation of their project and may expect to present a report of their findings at the annual Leader-to-Leader Symposium. 

LEAD701 Special Topics in Organizational Leadership3 hours

This course is an interdisciplinary study of a significant topic in the area of organizational leadership which is not available through the program offerings. 

NONP 600 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3 hours

This course explores the history, foundations, and types of nonprofit organizations and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist. Students examine and apply marketing, public relations, and communication concepts and strategies to case studies and contemporary situations using ethical, legal, and global lenses. 

NONP 601Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Administration 3 hours

This course explores the volunteer administration process (recruitment, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation) with an emphasis on creating and maintaining an effective board of directors for the nonprofit organization. 

NONP 700Budgeting for the Nonprofit Sector 3 hours

This course examines budgeting concepts, policies, and practices as they apply to nonprofit organizations in their fiscal climate. Students examine major fiscal policy debates and interpret and construct budgets and funding statements/requests. 

NONP 701 Capstone Seminars in Leadership in the Nonprofit Organization 3 hours

This course provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from their coursework in a capstone project: an applied project grounded in a real world experience in the nonprofit community. The capstone may focus on governance, policy, marketing/promotion, or leadership in either the public or private nonprofit sectors or adopt a cross-sector perspective.

ORGD 600 Organizational Development and Change: A Leadership Perspective 3 hours

This course focuses on strategies for effecting successful change in the face of resistance and conflict. Particular attention will be paid to conflict resolution strategies at both the personal and organizational level and the use of strategic planning to effect organizational development/change. 

ORGD 601 Organizational Consulting and Leadership Coaching 3 hours

This course explores the theories and practices of organizational consulting and leadership coaching in the contemporary organizational environment. Particular attention will be paid to the skills of effective coaching/consulting: using active listening, empowerment, and feedback to create interactive dialogue and deeper understanding. 

ORGD 700 Building Organizational Culture 3 hours

This course examines the cultures and subcultures of the various functions that constitute the organization focusing on the communication strategies that make possible collaboration across subcultural boundaries. This course examines the role that leaders play as partners in shaping, and being shaped by, the organizational cultures they seek to influence. 

ORGD 701 Leading the Strategic Planning Process 3 hours

This course examines principles and applications of strategic planning and organization design. It covers methods for assessing key features of organizational environments and competitive situations: identifying, developing, selecting and implementing strategy.

STAT 600 Applications of Statistical Design 3 hours

This course examines statistical and critical thinking, including the uses and abuses of statistics, descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression. Students learn concepts of probability and statistical inference, focusing on an intuitive approach to understanding concepts and methodologies. Students develop familiarity with methods of research and analysis useful to organizational leaders. Survey and research design, statistical methods such as descriptive and inferential statistics, including linear regression, will be covered. The course involves hands-on computer work using statistical applications.