Leadership Studies

Leadership Studies - LEADERSHIP STUDIES

Developing Leadership for Public Health’s Future

The Leadership Studies Concentration is intended for students interested in exploring how leadership theories and concepts apply to public health challenges. Specifically, the concentration will explore how the development of leadership capabilities at the individual, institution and system level can create changes that improve population health and well-being. Leadership studies recognize that many of the solutions to today’s public health problems are beyond the capacity of traditional institutions and conventional strategies. Modern public health challenges need innovative approaches and the collaboration of institutions, professionals and communities. Organizational, professional, and individual change requires an understanding of change dynamics and the ability to lead others toward a common purpose.

The goal of the Leadership Studies Concentration is to educate students in leadership principles, so that they can face public health challenges as knowledgeable professionals ready to engage in change for improved health outcomes through research and practice. The Leadership Studies Concentration encourages students to think in terms of the future of public health.

In this concentration, students are provided the opportunity to develop their personal and professional leadership attributes and to apply these to current public health issues in research and practice. Furthermore, students explore the literature on leadership studies to gain an understanding of its theories, principles, and research. Lastly, students relate their knowledge of public health to leadership approaches that generate change and health improvement in communities, organizations, and society. The concentration expands on the customary degree program, providing an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.

After enrollment in a degree program, students in any department, and at any campus may elect to add the Leadership Studies Concentration to their course of study. Students elect the Leadership Studies Concentration by completing the required request form that must be signed by the student’s academic advisor and a member of the Leadership Studies Concentration faculty who agrees to serve on the student’s advisory committee.

Course of Study

The concentration will require the completion of 12 credit hours: four (4) credit hours of required courses (PH 5200 and PHM/PHD 5210) and eight (8) credit hours of electives with leadership studies content. Some of the concentration courses may also count as degree program major, minor, or breadth requirements. Leadership Studies Concentration students in degree programs requiring a practicum must have an experience that is relevant to leadership. Students in the concentration completing a thesis or dissertation must select a topic relevant to leadership. The faculty member representing the Leadership Studies Concentration will determine if the student has met the requirements of the concentration. Completion of the concentration is noted on the student’s transcript.

MPH students in the Leadership Studies Concentration who choose the Capstone Course instead of a thesis as their culminating experience will be required to undertake a leadership project during the PHM 5210 seminar course.

Leadership Studies Concentration Competencies

The ASPH accepted competencies specific to leadership for the MPH degree program (below) will form the foundation of the Concentration in Leadership Studies. The ASPH Leadership Competencies for Dr.PH. students will be incorporated when they are available.

Students who graduate with a Concentration in Leadership Studies will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the attributes of leadership in public health;
    2. Describe alternative strategies for collaboration and partnership among organizations focused on public health goals;
    3. Articulate an achievable mission set of core values and vision;
    4. Engage in dialogue and learning from others to advance public health goals;
    5. Demonstrate team building, negotiation and conflict management skills;
    6. Demonstrate transparency, integrity and honesty in all actions;
    7. Use collaborative methods for achieving organizational and community health goals;
    8. Apply social justice and human rights principles when addressing community needs;
    9. Develop strategies to motivate others for collaborative problem solving, decision-making and evaluation.

The concentration will require the completion of 12 credit hours: four (4) credit hours of required courses (PH 5200 and PHM/PHD 5210) and eight (8) credit hours of electives with leadership studies content. Some of the concentration courses may also count as degree program major, minor, or breadth requirements. 

Required Courses, Leadership Studies Concentration

PH 5200 Foundations of Leadership in Public Health
Emery, Cuccaro, and the Faculty in Leadership Studies Concentration, 3 credits, a
This is an introductory course in public health leadership for students in all academic programs. This course introduces students to the theories and principles of effective leadership, presents leadership challenges, and discovers personal attributes of leadership in public health practice and research. Students will begin to develop life-long learning skills through self-development, experiential learning, and discussion of leadership approaches. Content areas will include complexity theory, change management, ethics, collaboration, effective communication, team-building, dialogue, decision-making, conflict management, leadership evaluation, advocacy, and strategic planning.
This course is required for students enrolled in the Leadership Studies Concentration but is open to all students.

PHM/PHD 5210 Selected Readings in Leadership Studies
The Faculty in Leadership Studies Concentration, 1 or 2 credits, a
This seminar is designed to assess how public health professionals become leaders. Students are introduced to the concepts of leadership in public health, evaluation and analysis of leadership readings, and discussion and examination of leadership issues, using experience and examples from the field.
This seminar is required for students enrolled in the Leadership Studies Concentration, but is open to all students.

Elective Courses, Leadership Studies Concentration

Electives for the Leadership Studies Concentration include, but are not limited to, the list below. Courses must be approved by the student’s Leadership Studies Concentration faculty advisor.

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
PH 1325 Research Ethics for Public Health
PH 1350 Ethnicity, Race, Class & Gender: A Multicultural Public Health Perspective
PH 1424 Social Justice and Public Health

Management, Policy and Community Health
PHD 3743 Advanced Organizational and Management Theory
PHM 3744 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management in Health Services Organizations
PHD 3830 Ethics and Policy
PHM/PHD 3922 Economic and Social Determinants of Health
PHD 3946 Strategy, Governance, and Leadership
PHM 3949 Strategic Leadership in Public Health
PHD 3950 Advanced Leadership Studies in Public Health
PH 3998 Fundraising for Public Health (Special Topics course)
PH 3998 Public Health and Human Rights (Special Topics course)

Interdepartmental
PHD 5012 Ethics in Public Health (previously PHD 1320)
PH 5220
Gender and Leadership
Troisi, 3 credits, b
This course focuses on the topic of women and leadership. Using a seminar approach anchored in selected readings, students will consider prevailing theories of leadership and discuss the variable of gender. Readings will focus on a variety of specific issues such as the “glass ceiling,” derailing behaviors, and conflict style differences in women and men.
PH 5298 Special Topics in Leadership Studies
PH 5610 Global Health Overview

Austin
Melissa Harrell, PhD, MPH Melissa.B.Harrell@uth.tmc.edu
Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, CNS Deanna.M.Hoelscher@uth.tmc.edu
Andrew Springer, DrPH  Andrew.E.Springer@uth.tmc.edu

El Paso
Nuria Homedes, MD, DrPH Nuria.Homedes@uth.tmc.edu 
Kristina D. Mena, PhD Kristina.D.Mena@uth.tmc.edu

Houston
Paula Cuccaro, PhD Paula.M.Cuccaro@uth.tmc.edu
Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CIH, CSP, CBSP, CHMM, CPP, ARM Robert.J.Emery@uth.tmc.edu
Maria Fernandez-Esquer, PhD Maria.E.Fernandez-Esquer@uth.tmc.edu
Sheryl McCurdy, PhD Sheryl.A.McCurdy@uth.tmc.edu
Sandra Murdock, DrPH Sandra.S.Murdock@uth.tmc.edu
F. Lee Revere, PhD, MHA Frances.Lee.Revere@uth.tmc.edu
Beatrice Selwyn, ScD Beatrice.J.Selwyn@uth.tmc.edu
Susan Tortolero Emery, PhD Susan.Tortolero@uth.tmc.edu
Catherine Troisi, PhD Catherine.L.Troisi@uth.tmc.edu
Rebecca S. Wells, PhD Rebecca.S.Wells@uth.tmc.edu

San Antonio
John Herbold, DVM, PhD John.R.Herbold@uth.tmc.edu

Other Leadership Studies Concentration Faculty
Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD apgiardi@texaschildrens.org 
Carl S. Hacker, PhD, JD Carl.S.Hacker@uth.tmc.edu 
Charlotte S. Sun, DrPH ccsun@mdanderson.org 
Cielito C. Reyes-Gibby, DrPH creyes@mdanderson.org 
Faisal Aboul-Enein, DrPH fasoola@hotmail.com
Irina Cech, PhD Irina.Cech@uth.tmc.edu
Jay H. Glasser, PhD Jay.H.Glasser@uth.tmc.edu
Jose A. Betancourt, DrPH Jose.A.Betancourt@uth.tmc.edu
L. Renee Lowe, JD lreneelowe@hotmail.com 
Luisa Franzini, PhD Luisa.Franzini@uth.tmc.edu 
Patricia Gail Bray, PhD pgbray@att.net
Paul McGaha, DO, MPH Paul.McGaha@uthct.edu 
Pauline Rosenau, PhD Pauline.Rosenau@uth.tmc.edu
Peter Pendergrass, MD, MPH Peter.Pendergrass@dshs.state.tx.us 
Salma Khuwaja, MD, DrPH Salma.Khuwaja@houstontx.gov 
Stephen Williams, MEd, MPA Stephen.Williams@houstontx.gov 
Umair Shah, MD, MPH ushah@hcphes.org  

Faculty Coordinator

Cathy Troisi, PhD
Associate Professor
Catherine.L.Troisi@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-9164

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
Training and Education

MedAxiom
Advanced Cardiology Leadership Workshops

The Institute for Medical Leadership
Leadership Development

World Congress
Annual Leadership Summit on Health Care Supply Chain
January 29-30, 2018, New Orleans, LA

Health Forum
Rural Health Care Leadership Conference
February 4-7, 2018, Phoenix, AZ

American College of Healthcare Executives
Congress on Healthcare Leadership
March 26-29, 2018, Chicago, IL
March 4-7, 2019, Chicago, IL
March 23-26, 2020, Chicago, IL
March 22-25, 2021, Chicago, IL
March 28-31, 2022, Chicago, IL

World Congress
Annual World Health Care Congress
April 29-May 2, 2018, Washington, DC

Health Forum and the American Hospital Association
Leadership Summit
July 26-28, 2018, San Diego, CA
July 25-27, 2019, San Diego, CA
July 19-21, 2020, San Diego, CA

Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
Annual Meeting & Conference
October 11-14, 2017, Baltimore, MD