Welcome to the “Management Strategies for Public Health I” module!
This module was created to help prepare individuals in the fields of health and welfare for the challenging role of manager particularly at programme, district and sub-district levels. We hope that you will find the course relevant to your work situation and useful in developing your skills as a manager. Health management is considered a key competence for Public Health professionals and this is therefore a compulsory module for of the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.
About the Module
The module covers three key management areas: people management, planning and resource management. Through exploring these areas, the module aims to provide information and guidance for practice, continually referring you to management issues within your own context. As management is cross-cutting in relation to other Public Health fields, you are expected to relate and link the concepts and competences you learn here to the contexts of the other Postgraduate Diploma modules.
As with your other modules, this module is designed for self-study or flexible learning, enabling you to work through the Study Sessions at your own pace. This also allows you to explore the material in whatever depth you prefer, and to skip parts with which you are already familiar. The module invites a range of learning activities including reading, analysis, reflection and application of new concepts, theories and models to your own work context, as well as observation and practice.
Finding your way around the Module Introduction
The introductory pages which follow provide you with an overview of the Module, its outcomes and assignments. Take the time to look through this section before you begin studying – taking particular note of the assignments and their requirements.
All the contact information that you may need is contained in the SOPH Programme Handbook. You will find a Student Details Update Form in your SOPH Programme Handbook. If your contact details change in any way, please send it to the Student Administrator, School of Public Health and to the UWC Administration straight away.
This module will be assessed through two assignments and a contribution on the module in your PG Diploma portfolio. This requires you to gather your reflections as you work through this module – hopefully you have developed this practice by now – and have a study diary. See Portfolio Development (in Section 3.6) of this Module Introduction. Check the due dates for your assignments with the study schedule on Ikamva. The assignments are only available on the Ikamva website and are designed to assess your understanding of the module outcomes and your ability to apply this understanding to your work situation.
We hope that you will give us some feedback on your experience of this module. Your feedback will be valuable to us in improving them. You will be asked to complete an on-line evaluation at the end of the module.