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HLTH6055 Leadership and Management for Public Health Improvement

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop the leadership and management skills of you the Public Health Practitioner so that you can lead teams in the development; implementation and evaluation of strategies to improve service provision.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse your own leadership and management skills and attributes in relation to managing teams and services (including emergency / major incident management), with reference to relevant theory
  • Utilise a range of management models and tools to critically examine an aspect of current Public Health service provision relevant to your area of practice
  • Debate a range of innovative options for improving that aspect of service provision and justify your selection of a strategy
  • Critically appraise a range of appropriate leadership and management theories to support you in the implementation of your chosen strategy


Introduction to leadership & management Leadership & management theories Understanding self as a leader Power, authority and influencing (Inc. conflict resolution) Building & developing the team Empowering others Effective delegation NHS leadership framework Strategy development: Strategic analysis of current service provision Creative techniques for analysing the current service and generating options to improve services Option appraisal and decision making Emergency/major incident management Strategy implementation: Leadership & management of change Project management Resource management Planning Understanding the impact of culture on change Motivating staff through change Risk management Evaluating the strategy: Models & techniques for evaluating strategies

Special Features

This module is required in all public health pathways, providing excellent opportunities for shared learning with other public health professionals from a wide range of agencies and services.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

Independent Study170
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Boddy, D (2008). Management: An Introduction. 

Cox,Y Rawlinson,M (2008). Strategic Leadership for Health & Wellbeing in Coles,L. Porter, E. (Eds) Public Health Skills: A practical guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. 

Lasserre, P (2007). Global Strategic Management.. 

Avery, G.C (2004). Understanding Leadership. 

Cambell, R, Kitson, A. (2008). The Ethical Organisation. 

Capon, C (2008). Understanding Strategic Management. 

Mullins, L.J. (2005). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Thompson, J.L (2001). Strategic Management. 

Cox,Y (2011). Developing a Strategy for Implementation of Policy. In Coles, L. Porter E. (Eds) Transforming Public Health Practice: Practice Policy and Strategy for Improving Health and Wellbeing. 

Hayes, J., (2010). The theory and practice of change management. 

Gill, R. (2006). Theory and practice of leadership. 

Driskill, G.W., Brenton, A.L (2011). Organizational culture in action: A cultural analysis workbook. 

White, C. (2004). Strategic Management. 

Johnson, C. (2001). Meeting the ethical challenges of leadership. 

Paton, R.A. McCalman, J. (2000). Change Management: A Guide to Effective Implementation. 

Balogun, J (2008). Exploring Strategic Change. 

Clegg, S. Carter,C. Kornberger,M. Schweitzer,J. (2011). Strategy: Theory & practice. 

Jenkins, M., Ambrosini, V., Collier, N (2007). Advanced Strategic Management: a multi-perspective approach. 

Johnson, G., Scholes, K. Whittington (2006). Exploring Corporate Strategy. 

Northouse, P.G. (2009). Leadership – theory and practice. 

Clegg, S. Kornberger,M. Pitsis,T. (2011). Managing and organizations: An introduction to theory and practice. 


Assessment Strategy

Group presentation (90%) Peer assessment (10%) Back-up assignment method - 3500 word essay (100%) In the event of a student not being able to complete the group assignment and peer review they will be required to write an essay: Critically discuss the process of developing a strategy for a specific practice issue and reflect upon the leadership and management skills you would utilise to implement the strategy. You are not required to develop a strategy, but instead to discuss the theory of strategy development & the models / tools used.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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