Students in this stream benefit from foundational core management courses in organizational behaviour, finance, communication and leadership, and courses focused on the foundations of global health systems, including global mental health, epidemiology of disease and infectious disease in marginalized populations.

The foundational core management courses are:

  • Available to all students enrolled in both streams
  • Designed to enhance professional development
  • Interdisciplinary graduate courses, with outcomes addressing master’s degree-level expectations

Management and Communication Courses

Professional Writing

The objectives of this course are to develop skills applicable to writing in a professional context, including audience analysis, techniques of persuasion, knowledge of rhetorical conventions, working within short timelines, report writing, grant and proposal writing, document design, and editing.

On successful completion of this course, students shall be able to:

  • Develop and support sustained and original arguments
  • Cultivate critical analysis skills through the practice of writing

Organizational Behaviour

The objectives of this course are (1) to provide an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of management to ensure organizational effectiveness and success, and (2) to prepare students to begin to assume these roles and responsibilities. Topics include how and why organizations are structured to be effective, what determines individual behavior in an organization, understanding motivation in the workplace, effective teamwork, understanding power and politics in organizations, managing people effectively.

On successful completion of this course, students shall be able to:

  • Understand the differences between the various management models/theories
  • Explain the differences between managers and leaders
  • Appreciate the individual differences which exist in people
  • Know when to apply which motivational model
  • Describe the similarities and differences between power and politics
  • Work effectively in an organizational context

Professional Communication

The objective of this course is to develop advocacy skills through the art of delivery, informative and persuasive speaking techniques, self-representation, various presentation modes including new media, and effective group work.

On successful completion of this course, students shall be able to:

  • Communicate ideas, issues, and conclusions in a clear and audience-specific manner
  • Prepare and deliver effective presentations
  • Participate productively in group or committee work

Fundamentals of Managerial Finance

This course introduces students to an in-depth analysis of financial planning and management with emphasis on capital budgeting, capital structure, risk and investment policies, cost of capital, dividend payout policies, and other special topics. The course serves as a framework for understanding a broad range of corporate financial decisions. Real-time data and directed readings will be used to enhance learning.

On successful completion of this course, students shall be able to:

  • Understand the time value of money and broad areas of financial management
  • prepare basic financial plans for an organization
  • Discuss how and why organizations raise capital and issue securities
  • Comprehend the relationship between risk and return and its impact on managers’ investment choices
  • Use and interpret financial data relating to financial plans and financial securities

Leadership in Organizations

This course is delivered across Terms 1 and 2.

The objectives are (1) to provide an understanding of what constitutes leadership in an organizational context, and (2) to prepare students to undertake leadership roles in their careers. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of leadership in an organization (leadership of self, leadership roles in teams and with peers, leadership positions in an organization, ethics), leadership skills and how to develop them, developing followership (participative leadership, delegation and empowerment), using power versus influence, and leading change in an organization.

On successful completion of the series, students shall be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of leadership in an organization
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and manage themselves effectively in leadership roles
  • Engage in a development plan to enhance their leadership skills
  • Manage interpersonal and team relationships effectively
  • Adapt to and lead change in an organization

Global Health Systems courses