Courses in: Nonprofits

The Intersection of Operations, Policy, and Leadership

Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes.

Religion, Policy, and Politics

This course will present in three different arenas.  The first is historical – what we know about the ways religion has been a central force in history with a focus on the United States while referencing other cultures and nations. The second element of the course will examine contemporary issues where religion plays a significant role in determining policy and impacting all aspects of political life. While our major focus will be on the US, we will also explore other societies as well.

Managing for Environmental Sustainability

This 7-week short course provides a general introduction to environmental sustainability and touches on the science, concepts, and strategies used to “green” businesses, organizations, and individuals’ lifestyles. Modern consumers are demanding sustainability from organizations where they utilize or buy goods and services and in which they invest. Modern management and policy leaders, then, need to know what environmental sustainability is and which tools are available to improve the footprint of their organizations and businesses. 

Advanced Financial and Impact Modeling for Nonprofit and Social Enterprises

Increasingly, as the field of impact investing develops worldwide, leaders in the social field are adopting selected tools from their counterparts in the private sector. One of the most widely used and useful tools is the spreadsheet-based, projection model of an individual enterprise. This course focuses on modeling tools used by nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs and other practitioners to develop business strategies and funding approaches, including market-based funding, to scale their work.

Financing Urban Government

This course explores the role of U.S. urban governments in the economy, their relationship to the state and federal governments, and the institutional parameters of devising and implementing sound public policy.  Both the sources and uses of funds will be considered in the context of different tax instruments, the relative merit of each tool and the implications for equity and efficiency of public policy.

Leading Values-Based Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

Organizational cultures are built either passively or intentionally. What kind of organizational culture would you like to work in or better yet, what kind of culture would like to lead? Successful leadership of not-for-profit organizations depends to a greater degree than is generally recognized on how closely institutional practice aligns with professed public values.

Leading Values-Based Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

Organizational cultures are built either passively or intentionally. What kind of organizational culture would you like to work in or better yet, what kind of culture would like to lead? Successful leadership of not-for-profit organizations depends to a greater degree than is generally recognized on how closely institutional practice aligns with professed public values.

Issues in Global Health Policy and Management

This course focuses on selected issues of particular relevance to students in health policy and management (HPAM) interested in gaining an international perspective on key issues in the field. We begin by considering the challenges of globalization for population health and the field of HPAM. We consider the relationship among the global drug war and the opioid epidemic, the role of global cities in spreading infectious disease and protecting their population with public health infrastructure, and the globalization of the obesity epidemic.

Data Visualization and Presentation

We live in an increasingly technical and data-rich world in which seemingly simple representations draw attention to or obscure complex realities. Data has the potential to inform decision-making and influence public or corporate policy. When situated with appropriate context, visualized data has the power to change the world. Increasingly, nonprofits and agencies ask workers to compile data and design visualizations as a way to advance a cause or spread a message.

Human Resources: Leading Talent Development

This course is designed for public and non-profit leaders and managers rather than human resource professionals, and provides a broad overview of human resources and talent management dynamics and responsibilities. Topics will include basic human resources functions such as recruitment, job design, professional development, employee engagement, performance appraisal and providing feedback.

Community Organizing

Community Organizing will provide an overview and introduction to the fundamentals of organizing to win, implement, monitor and sustain change in the private and public sectors.

Health Services Management

This course aims to improve your ability to effectively manage and lead health service organizations.  We examine a range of key challenges that managers must address to optimize organizational performance, including questions of mission, vision, and strategy ("What areas or activities should we be working in?") and questions of organizational design and operations ("How can we perform effectively in this area?").