Subject: Public Health
Credit units: 3
College: Graduate and Postdoc Studies
Department: School of Public Health


This course introduces students to leadership in public health. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) guidelines for Masters of Public Health (MPH) programs in Canada (PHAC, 2007), leadership is one of the seven (7) domains/categories of competencies in MPH programs. In fact, leadership competency statements appear in at least 5 of the 7 domains of MPH competencies (Community Health Nurses of Canada [CHNC], 2015). The course has three (3) modules: In module 1, students will be introduced to basic knowledge on leadership (definitions, theories, styles). Subsequently, unique aspects of leadership in public health that distinguishes it from generic/business leadership will be explored. In module 2, students will be introduced to LEADS (Lead self, Engage others, Achieve results, Develop coalitions, Systems transformation). It was recently established that most of the competencies in public health leadership mapped well with “LEADS in a caring environment” leadership framework (CHNC, 2015). LEADS is a well-established framework for leadership development in Canada, and “embodies key skills, behaviors, abilities and knowledge required to lead in all sectors of the economy and types of organizations” ( Finally, in module 3, the leadership competencies specific for public health practice in Canada will be addressed. In addition, the selected leadership skills that are important in public health leadership will be explored in greater detail.

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