Leadership and Organizational Development and Change

Organizational development is a profession that finds application in all types of organizations: nonprofit, healthcare, for-profit corporations, education, and government. Through this concentration students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the theories, models, and application of organizational development skills and their importance to the overall effectiveness of the organization
  • Become prepared for a leadership position within their respective organization
  • Increase their capacity to lead organizational change, and coach or consult other leaders within the organization on leadership issues
  • Demonstrate how societal, organization, and individual strategic planning levels can impact sustainability for the organization

Leadership for the Health Care Professional

Effective leadership is necessary to meet the challenges of delivering quality patient healthcare in the 21st century. The U.S. Bureau of Labor forecasts two of the top ten job growth areas are in healthcare. As organizations and the world become "flatter," with less emphasis on authority, leadership is needed on all levels. Through this concentration students will:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of health care in America and globally by critiquing the design, structure, organization and delivery of health care services.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the budgeting process for the health care profession.
  • Develop the leadership skills needed to work in teams, build cross-functional teams, and facilitate collaborative decision-making.

Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization

Nonprofit professionals, educators, administrative support workers, and service occupations account for the majority of paid workers in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations are requiring more leaders with the right skill set that includes: oral and written communication skills and effective problem solving and critical thinking skills to run their organizations. Through this concentration students will:

  • Learn concepts, principles, and processes related to the United States federal and state laws under which nonprofit organizations operate and consider their effect on the establishment and operation of nonprofit organizations.
  • Learn about budgeting and fund development for the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current and future role of human resources in nonprofit organizations and apply strategies for acquiring, managing, developing, and retaining volunteers and board members.
  • Broaden their perspectives of nonprofits through major themes and concepts incorporated throughout the program.