HCA 515: Leadership and Strategic Planning in Healthcare

Course Description

This course will provide students with an overview of the foundational principles of leadership including motivation, team building, power and politics, leadership tools and ethics. The focus of the course is on resource assessment, changing regulatory and other factors that influence the health services environment, and the impact this has on the strategic planning process. The course provides extensive practice with techniques and tools for strategic planning in health administration. (3 credits)

Associated Program Learning Outcomes

  • #1. Create a strategic plan for health care organizations or entire systems.
  • #11. Analyze what communication, teamwork, and leadership skills make an effective health care organization and develop an implementation plan.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Evaluate processes for developing a strategic plan for a health care organization.
  2. Analyze and map external issues, trends, and events in the general environment, the health care system, and the service area.
  3. Create a comprehensive service area competitor analysis.
  4. Perform an internal analysis and differentiate the competitive advantages and competitive disadvantages.
  5. Critique directional strategies for healthcare organizations.
  6. Investigate strategic alternatives and compare rational strategic decisions for a health care organization.
  7. Justify a comprehensive strategy for a health care organization.
  8. Create effective value-adding service delivery and support strategies for strategic implementation.
  9. Synthesize service delivery and support plans into specific action plans to match strategic plans.

 

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8, 8 @ 25 points each)

200

20%

Individual SWOT Assignment (Week 1, 50 points)

50

5%

Team Charter (Week 2, 50 points)

50

5%

Reflective Journal 1 (Week 3, 50 points)

50

5%

Midterm Exam (Week 4, 150 points)15015%
Individual Case (Week 5, 100 points)10010%

Reflective Journal 2 (Week 6, 50 points)

505%

Team Project & Peer Evaluation (Week 7, 200 points)

20020%

Final Exam (Week 8, 150 points)

15015%

Total

1000

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Ginter, Duncan and Swayne.The Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations. 8th ed. John Wiley & Sons, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1-119-34971-6

 

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

1

Topic: The Nature of Strategic Management

  • Readings
    • Ginter, Chapter 1
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 1
  • Review Getting Started information
  • Review course syllabus
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Complete Individual SWOT Assignment

2

1

2

Topic: External Analysis

  • Readings:
    • Ginter, Chapter 2
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Team Charter Assignment

3

1

3

Topic: Service Area Competitor Analysis

  • Readings:
    • Ginter, Chapter 3
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Reflection Journal 1

4

1

4

Topics: Internal Analysis and Competitive Advantage

  • Readings:
    • Ginter, Chapter 4
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete midterm exam
   

Midterm Exam

Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4

SLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

 

5

1

5

Topic: Directional Strategies

  • Readings:
    • Ginter, Chapter 5
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Individual Case

6

1

6,7

Topics: Identifying Strategic Alternatives, Evaluation of Alternatives and Strategic Choice

  • Readings:
    • Ginter, Chapter 6, 7
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 6, 7
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Reflective Journal 2

7

1,11

8

Topics: Value-Adding Service Delivery Strategies, Value-Adding Support Strategies

  • Readings:
    • Ginter, Chapter 8, 9
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapters 8, 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Team Project & Peer Evaluation

8

1,11

9

Topics: Communicating Strategy and Developing Action Plans

  • Readings:
    • Ginter, Chapter 10
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete final exam
   

Final Exam

Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10

SLOs 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

 

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