Title: Leadership
Keywords: Management/leadership
Communication (oral, written)
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Katarzyna Czabanowska
Barbara Bürkin
Date start: 2020-06-08
Date end: 2020-06-12
About duration and dates: Distance-based preparation phase (part-time): 11 May – 05 June 2020 On-campus phase in Basel (full time): 08-12 June 2020 Distance-based post-campus phase (part-time): 22 June – 31 July 2020
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, P.O. Box, Socinstrasse 57, CH – 4002 Basel, Switzerland
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
SIT: TOTAL SIT: 180 h
- Face-to-face hours: 40 h
- Self-study hours: 140 h (incl. the possibility of distance-based interaction with students and facilitators)
Language: English
Description: After successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

• Apply key concepts of leadership theory and appreciate their relevance to international health practice.
• Critically evaluate theoretical approaches, including transactional and transformational leadership and its application in the field of health.
• Analyse the complexities of leading and motivating multiple stakeholders in the field of international health.
• Apply relevant mentorship and feedback models to their own professional workplace.
• Critically reflect on their own professional and personal development as leaders in international health and develop a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for their particular organisational context.
Assessment Procedures: During the preparation period, students get several readings to prepare for the on-campus week. In addition they have to describe themselves using a one slide template and they have to read and assess themselves using a Competency Self Assessment questionnaire ; the completion of the questionnaire counts for 15% of the total mark.

During the on-campus week students will work on a topic presented and discussed (e.g. personality assessment, mentoring, inclusion, competencies, etc.) and deliver a final presentation (35% of final mark).

Following the on-campus period of the module, students will complete a text for an ‘elevator speech’ (max. 500 words) and a press release (500 words) on an international health issue (15% of total mark) as well as a Personal Development Plan, based on the self-assessment and theoretical approaches, in relation to the current or anticipated work environment (500 – 1000 words) (35% of total mark).

In addition, students will have to present individual and group work findings throughout the on-campus week (not graded).


• A failing grade in one of the four assignments is allowed as long as the total mark for the module is 60 out of 100 points or better.
• A re-submission of the two assignments following the on-campus week – if failed – can be done two months after being informed of the failure.
• A re-assessment of the presentation during on-campus week has to be submitted three weeks after the on-campus week (only in written form).
Content: The following topics will be covered:

• Key debates around leadership in international health and implications for leaders within organisations.
• Theoretical frameworks of leadership and application to field of health
• Transactional and transformational leadership
• Team motivation, communications and managing people
• Personal and professional development planning
• Strategic stakeholder analysis and stakeholder engagement
• Mentoring, coaching and feedback techniques.
• Communication and networking skills.
• Good to Great Framework
• The Five Talents for Public Health Leadership
• Self-assessment of leadership competencies to identify knowledge gaps and further training needs.
Methods: During the two distance-based phases, students will engage in self-directed learning, to meet learning objectives, using materials and tools provided on the online learning management system (Moodle).

• Preparation phase: consists of 40 hrs of independent study (readings, assessed tasks) to prepare for face-to-face sessions. Contact to the course coordinators and fellow students to support is given using the forum provided on the learning platform.
• Post-campus phase: consists of 100 hours of independent study; students have to write an elevator speech and a Personal Development Plan.
• In the pre- and post-campus phase students interact with each other and the facilitators using a forum on the electronic platform. Faciliutators can be approached at any time during these phases to get feedback to the specific tasks.
The on-campus week (40 hours) week is taught through short plenary lectures to give the basic knowledge needed, and plenary/group workshops, including case studies, documentaries and presentations. In addition, students undertake guided independent study throughout. The class structure and teaching methods employed will be interactive in nature, and class participation is actively encouraged. Small group work findings will be presented throughout the week.
Prerequisites: tropEd candidates must show an English language level TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent, and an intermediate.
Students need a reliable internet connection to follow the preparation phase and the post-campus (assignment) phase. No specific software licenses are needed.
Attendance: Maximum of 20 students per course; maximum number of tropEd students: 8
Selection: For tropEd students: First come, first served principle
Fees: Students who are enrolled in a tropEd Master programme pay the reduced fee of CHF 2’450; other students pay CHF 2’850 (CHF 410 per ECTS credit point).
Scholarships: none
tropEd accreditation: Accredited in June 2019 in Umea, Sweden. This accreditation is valid until June 2024.
Remarks: This module is offered regularly as a core-module in Swiss TPH’s MBA in International Health Management programme, therefore the number of tropEd students we can admit is limited.

Throughout the module, an online learning management system (Moodle) will be used to support learning activities in the distance-based phases, during which students will be required to complete assignments, communicate with their working groups and upload learning products. Through the electronic platform, students will also have the opportunity to interact with each other (and the facilitators) at their convenience to discuss these same learning products, using discussion forums and other tools.

On request, distance-based, more detailed discussions with facilitators are possible during agreed timeslots and using Adobe Connect.
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2019-09-02 09:40:56 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-09-02 13:54:44 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-09-02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2019-09-26 08:25:33 (W3C-DTF)

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