Course Descriptions – MSc SLI

HAD2001H: Strategic Vision and Planning for Health System Change
HAD2002H: Research Methods for Evaluation Health System Innovation (Elective)
HAD2003H: Leading and Responding to Health Policy and System Change (Elective)
HAD2005H: Quality Improvement Skills for Health Care Leaders (Elective)
HAD2006H: Accelerating Innovations in Medical Education (Elective)
HAD2007H: Leading Health Systems Innovation and Transformation
HAD2008H: Human Factors, Strategy and Innovation Leadership (Elective)
HAD2011H: Individual Practicum– Quality Improvement (Elective)
HAD2012H: Learning Health Systems: Research Tools, Approaches and Lessons
HAD2013H: Fundamentals of Health Economics and Policy
HAD2030H: Systems Innovation Capstone Paper
HAD2040Y: Systems Innovation Capstone Project
HAD4000H-S1: Health Workforce and Globalization (Elective)
HAD4000H-Y: Case Studies in Public Health and Crisis Leadership (Elective)

HAD2001H

Course Number HAD2001H
Course Name Strategic Vision and Planning for Health System Change
Delivery Format 3 hour session per week from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Semester Offered Fall
Instructors Adalsteinn Brown, David Klein, Samuel Oduneye and Mariana Catz
Description:
This seminar course covers an introduction to concepts that can be used to understand and respond to critical strategy and performance measurement challenges in system change. Focus is on the application of tools including balanced scorecards and scenario planning. This course provides an overview of the central issues in the management of healthcare organizations and healthcare systems. This includes developing a working knowledge of the key facts about our healthcare system. Some of the issues we will examine are unique to the Canadian context (e.g., the role of government), and others transcend jurisdictional boundaries (e.g., stakeholder relations).
Objectives:
This course endeavors to show how these tools can be used to understand and respond to critical issues in Canadian health system management. Students taking this course explore a number of issues around the application of strategy and performance measurement frameworks to cases from the for-profit, government, and broader public sectors in health care. This is a survey course that touches on a number of issues and examples in the management of health system organizations.
Evaluation:
Individual Assignment: Understanding and analyzing competitive forces 30%
Group Assignment 1: Developing frameworks for strategy implementation and monitoring 10%
Group Assignment 2: Integrating financial information into strategic decision-making 10%
Group Assignment 3: Making a persuasive case for strategic investment 30%
Class Participation 20%

 

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HAD2002H

Course Number HAD2002H
Course Name Research Methods for Evaluating Health System Innovation (Elective)
Pre-requisite Completion of HAD2003H or permission of instructor
Delivery Format 3 hour session per week from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Semester Offered Summer
Instructors Geoffrey Anderson, Judith Versloot and Rob Reid
Description:
This seminar course offers an overview of concepts and research methods that can be used in the evaluation of health system innovations. Students will understand key concepts and methods that can be used to evaluate health system innovations in a structured manner that is relevant and meaningful to stakeholders and decision makers. Students will demonstrate this understanding through their ability to accurately describe and critically appraise measurement and evaluation proposals and reports and their ability to develop and defend a proposal for an evaluation of a health system innovation or policy change.
Objectives:
Students will understand key concepts and methods that can be used to evaluate health system innovations in a structured manner that is relevant and meaningful to stakeholders and decision makers.
Evaluation: 
Group Presentation and slides: presentation of logic model and measures for evaluation proposal 20%
Individual Assignment 1: Critical appraisal of assigned article on validity of a measure 25%
Individual Assignment 2: Critical appraisal of assigned article on evaluation of an innovation 25%
Final Group Assignment: Written evaluation proposal 30%

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HAD2003H

Course Number HAD2003H
Course Name Leading and Responding to Health Policy and System Change (Elective)
Delivery Format 3 hour session per week from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Semester Offered Winter
Instructors Geoffrey Anderson
Description:
This seminar course offers an overview of the role physicians in health policy and system innovation with a focus on the role of physicians in leading and responding to change in three important settings – professional organizations, government and academic medical centres. The course will draw on multi-disciplinary principles of policy analysis in order to provide a range of conceptual models and practical tools that students can employ in a range of contexts. The course will provide students with concepts and practical tools that will help them to understand and analyze health system innovation and system change in professional, governmental and institutional settings and will allow them to develop written and oral communication skills so that they can concisely describe and analyze policy options in different contexts and for various audiences.
Objectives: Understand key concepts in policy and organizational analysis related to leading and responding to health policy change and system innovation.
– Understand how leadership and advocacy expectations for the medical profession have evolved in the context of the medical professionalism and professional associations.
– Draw from appropriate conceptual models to create frameworks and to analyse issues and challenges for leading and responding to health policy and system innovation in the context of modern expectations of the medical profession.
– Synthesize information from different sources and apply appropriate tools to describe issues and provide recommendations for action related to policy development and system change in the context of modern expectations of the medical profession.
– Understand how leadership expectations for the medical profession have evolved in the context of the modern health care systems in which governments play a major role in health system funding, regulation and delivery.
– Draw from appropriate conceptual models to create frameworks and to analyse issues and challenges for leading and responding to health policy and system change in the context of the central role that governments play in modern health care systems
– Synthesize information from different sources and apply appropriate tools to describe issues and provide recommendations for action related to policy development and system change in the context of the central role that governments play in modern health care systems
– Understand how leadership expectations for the medical profession have evolved in the context of hospitals and academic medical centres.
– Draw from appropriate conceptual models to create frameworks and to analyse issues and challenges for leading and responding to health policy and system change in the context of modern hospitals and academic medical centres.
– Synthesize information from different sources and apply appropriate tools to describe issues and provide recommendations for action related to policy development and system change in the context of modern hospitals and academic medical centres.
Evaluation:
Individual written assignment 1: Reflection on personal aspirations around health system innovation and learning goals 10%
Individual written assignment 2: Communication exercises 15%
Individual written assignment 3: Communication exercises 15%
Individual written assignment 4: Self-reflection on key learning and challenges 10%
Group Written Assignment: Overview of a health system challenge and proposed innovation 10%
Group Presentation 1: Outlining the challenge or issue that the innovation will address and describe the key stakeholders 10%
Group Presentation 2: Describing the design of the innovation 10%
Final Group Presentation: Full presentation of the innovation supported by a one page briefing note 20%

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HAD2005H

Course Number HAD2005H
Course Name Practical Skills in Quality Improvement for Health Care Leaders in Low Resource Settings (Elective)
Delivery Format 2.5 hour session per week between 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Semester Offered Winter
Instructors Ben Chan
Description:
This course provides participants with opportunities to strengthen their understanding of concepts of quality improvement (QI) in health care, and sharpen their skills in applying practical tools for measuring and improving quality. While these skills can be used in all settings, the emphasis will be on practical tools which do not require access to expensive technology or IT infrastructure and hence are most appropriate in low-resource settings such as developing countries or low-income communities within Canada. Furthermore, students will be exposed to scientific literature on attempts at applying QI science in such settings, and learn about frequently encountered barriers to implementing change in vulnerable populations.
Objectives:
– Have a solid knowledge of definitions of quality and its different attributes
– Understand how system design issues lead to quality problems
– Understand common barriers to delivering good quality care to vulnerable populations in low-resource environments
– Participants should be able to lead a QI team through the following activities:
– Conduct a process map
– Conduct a direct observation or audit of a process
– Do a cause & effect analysis
– Use a defect check sheet
– Establish a QI team
– Set QI project charter (aims, measures, change ideas)
– Use PDSA cycles
Evaluation:  
Homework Assignments: Students will be assigned homework assignments and quizzes testing their knowledge of the content taught in workshops. 35%
Final Exam 50%
Class Participation 15%

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HAD2006H

Course Number HAD2006H
Course Name Accelerating Innovations in Medical Education (Elective)
Delivery Format Online 3 hour session per week between 5:30- 10:00 pm
Semester Offered Fall
*This course is not offered in Fall 2021.
Instructors Abi Sriharan
Description:
Rapidly changing technology and demographics of health workforce require innovation across the continuum of health professions education. Using classic theories of teaching and learning, instructional design, behavioural sciences students in this seminar course will explore evidence-based frameworks, tools and techniques to lead and transform medical education programs and curriculum.Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply design thinking and design processes to identify and meet learner needs
  • Incorporate evidence-based teaching techniques to design learner centered educational programs
  • Implement educational innovation projects in complex practice settings
  • Develop strategies to assess learner outcomes and evaluation program outcomes
Objectives:
This course will be delivered through online lectures, videos, expert panels, group discussions and, case-based exercises. Students are expected to be active participants in the learning process, creating their own learning experiences through critical reflection and analysis.
Evaluation: 
Class Participation 10%
E-learning module 25%
Reflection and Analysis 15%
Case for Innovation 25%
Weekly Quiz 15%
Mindcasting 10%

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HAD2007H

Course Number HAD2007H
Course Name Leading Health Systems Innovation and Transformation
Delivery Format Four consecutive days and one half day (following week) sessions between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Semester Offered Summer
Instructors Abi Sriharan and Terry Sullivan
Description:
In this seminar course, students will examine what is meant by health systems innovation, explore the process of innovation design, implementation and scaling.  At the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate understanding and make critical assessments of the following:
– Innovation Context
– Innovation Design
– Implementing Innovation: Finance, Organization and Delivery
– Process for Scaling Innovation
Objectives:
This course will be delivered through lectures, videos, expert panels, group discussions and, case-based exercises. Students are expected to be active participants in the learning process, creating their own learning experiences through critical reflection and analysis.
Evaluation: 
Class Participation (attendance, preparation, level of engagement and contributions to class community) 10%
Team Assignment 15%
Case Competition 30%
Innovation Blog 25%
Article Review 20%

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HAD2008H

Course Number HAD2008H
Course Name
Human Factors, Strategy and Innovation Leadership (Elective)
Delivery Format Online weekly sessions between 6:30 and 8:30 pm
Semester Offered Winter
Instructors Abi Sriharan
Description:
We meet innovators in every aspect of our lives. What separates an innovation leader from an innovator is their ability to inspire innovators to create breakthrough products and guide strategies for implementation, scale and spread. Drawing upon theories and evidence from psychology, strategy, and behavioural economics, and case studies of exceptional innovation leaders, this course will explore how leaders utilize self-awareness, motivation, vision, creativity and inspiration to lead innovation and transformation.
Objectives:At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop self-awareness about yourself
  • Explore your purpose as an innovation leader
  • Define your leadership vision and values
  • Discover your authentic leadership voice
  • Master innovation strategy to empower others
Evaluation: 
Class Participation 10%
Inspiring Change Assignment 30%
Innovator Case Study 30%
Book Review 30%

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HAD2011H

 

Course Number HAD2011H
Course Name Individual Practicum- Quality Improvement (Elective)
Prerequisite Co-registration in HAD2005H – Quality Improvement Skills for Healthcare Leaders in Low-Resource Settings
Delivery Format
The typical selective period is seven weeks. Students should aim to spend about 50% of the time doing clinical work and 50% project work
Semester Offered Winter (Continuous Course)
Instructors Ben Chan
Description:
In HAD2005H, students get a general grounding on quality improvement theory and practice using these concepts through simulation exercises. HAD2011H is designed to give students the opportunity to apply these new skills in a real-world context, by working on a quality improvement project in a low-resource setting or for disadvantaged populations.
Objectives:
The overall objective of the practicum is to broaden the student’s appreciation for and skills in quality improvement. The practicum will allow students to evaluate, test, and further develop their quality improvement competencies learned in HAD2005H in a practical setting. Practicum placements are tailored to individual student needs given their past work experience, current level of competency development, areas of interest and career objectives. While the student is expected to synthesize and apply the academic knowledge gained in HAD2005H to a specific project, the focus of the practicum is on providing each student with an individual developmental experience based on their specific learning goals. The practicum is designed to provide supervision and mentorship from experienced senior health care leaders.
Evaluation: Students will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  The following steps are required in order to qualify for a credit:
Complete an initial proposal for the project Pass/Fail
Meet at least once during the course of the project with the course director (e.g. by skype, phone or other means). Pass/Fail
Establish some form of quality improvement team and identify a supervisor who oversees the work. Quality improvement is a team sport, and students should demonstrate how they have worked with a team. Pass/Fail
Apply, at a minimum, the following tools:
– Process map
– Ishikawa diagram
– A proposed project charter employing the model for improvement
Pass/Fail
Present project findings in a presentation to the class Pass/Fail
Fill out a “reflective exercise” describing how QI skills were used in the assignment Pass/Fail
Ensure that the supervisor completes a copy of the student evaluation and submits it to the course director Pass/Fail

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HAD2012H

Course Number HAD2012H
Course Name Learning Health Systems: Research Tools, Approaches and Lessons
Prerequisite Co-registration in HAD2040Y is required.
Delivery Format 3 hour sessions once a month on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Semester Offered Longitudinal- starts in Fall (September) and ends at the end of Winter (April)
Instructor Martin Koyle
Description: Now, more than ever, there is a need for health systems leaders to have the skills to leverage analytical insights, patient experience and research evidence to make health systems decisions that will result in higher quality, safer, more efficient care for patients.  Health systems leaders need training to align “science, informatics, incentives, and culture”  to promote “continuous improvement and innovation, with best practices seamlessly embedded in the delivery process and new knowledge captured as an integral by‐product of the delivery experience” (Institute of Medicine, 2015).Building on the concepts of learning health systems, this online seminar course will equip leaners with the foundational skills required to lead health systems innovation research.
Objectives: At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • systematically gather and apply evidence in real-time to guide health systems innovation.
  • Integrate patients’ values and technological advances to transform health care delivery
  • assess outcomes refine processes for continuous quality improvement.
  • Demonstrate the outcomes and outputs of the innovation in patient care and quality.
Evaluation: 
Class Participation 10%
Critical Appraisal of Research Articles 60%
Policy Brief 30%

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HAD2013H

Course Number HAD2013H
Course Name Fundamentals of Health Economics and Policy
Delivery Format 3 hour session per week from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Semester Offered Summer (Spring)
Instructors Sara Allin and Nadia Alam
Description:
This graduate-level course will draw on key concepts from health economics, international health system financing, health system performance and quality improvement, and policy studies to equip you with a foundation of knowledge in health systems and policy. You will use a combination of independent and guided reading, as well as problem-solving seminars to apply your lecture learning to the Ontario context. Students will be able to critically think about economic aspects of health systems issues, and the policy process in the health sector.
Objectives:
By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate:
• An understanding of why the competitive market model fails health care
• An overview of the different ways of financing health systems, and funding providers
• An understanding of why quality improvement has garnered such attention
• An appreciation for the challenges of measuring health system performance
• A grasp of the health policy process
Evaluation: 
In class participation 15%
Case studies that require group work 35%
Short essay summarizing and providing critical reflection of the readings in one of the four modules 50%

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HAD2030H

Course Number HAD2030H
Course Name Systems Innovation Capstone Paper
Delivery Format Total 140 hours to complete course related tasks and deliverable.
Semester Offered Summer/ Fall
Instructors Abi Sriharan
Description:
The Systems Innovation Capstone Paper is intended to be an integrative experience in which students bring together much of the competencies and skills acquired in the Masters in Systems Innovation and Leadership. Students may build on the work from other practicum courses (HAD2040Y or HAD2010H and HAD2020H) or identify a health system issue relevant to their current or future practice setting. Each will identify a research approach suitable for the scholarly project in consultation with the course director.  The student should consider their own training needs, interests, and career goals in the development of the capstone project.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Complete literature synthesis
  • Appreciate the scholarly manuscript preparation and submission process
  • Prepare scholarly manuscripts for publication
  • Write clear, concise and evidence based scholarly publications
Evaluation: This course will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
Capstone Proposal Pass/Fail
Scholarly Project Abstract Pass/Fail
Required Face-to-Face and Online activities Pass/Fail
Final Report Pass/Fail

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HAD2040Y

Course Number HAD2040Y
Course Name Systems Innovation Capstone Project
Delivery Format Total 320 hours of self-directed learning time
Semester Offered  Longitudinal- starts in Fall (September) and ends at the end of Summer (August)
Instructors Abi Sriharan
Description: The overall learning goal for the project course is to effectively apply principles, theories and frameworks of health systems innovation to a practice based issue.  More specifically, students will learn to exercise skills related to systems thinking, innovation design, execution and outcome evaluation.  The project course includes the fundamentals of leading transformation, practical tools related to evidence synthesis, design thinking, implementation science and evaluation of complex interventions. Instructional time will be embedded into each required course to cover the learning objectives that relate specifically to the project practicum and a session in each module will be dedicated to project planning, design, implementation and evaluation.
Objectives:
At the completion of the course, students will have

  • Applied skills related to systems thinking, innovation design and evaluation
  • Collaborated with an inter-professional team of stakeholders
  • Completed evidence synthesis by evaluating existing knowledge and resources relevant to a particular health systems issue
  • Planned and executed an innovative solution to address a systems issue
  • Evaluated the outcomes of the implementation.
  • Presented their solution to key stakeholders in the host organization
  • Engaged in personal self-evaluation and critical reflection.
Evaluation:
Project Proposal 10%
Rapid Review of the Literature 20%
Innovation Implementation Plan 20%
Evaluation Report 30%
Poster Presentation 10%
Reflection Journal 10%

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HAD4000H-S1

Course Number HAD4000H-S1
Course Name Health Workforce and Globalization (Elective)
Delivery Format Mixture of online synchronous and asynchronous Session.
Two synchronous sessions from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Semester Offered Summer
Instructors Abi Sriharan
Description: Globally there is an emerging health workforce crisis due to maldistribution, skills imbalances, poor working conditions, training gaps, and retention challenges. Health Systems leaders need to tackle the critical health workforce crisis to ensure the sustainability of the local health systems. In this reading course, students will explore health workforce challenges and their influence on health systems.
Objectives: After the course, students will be able to
1. Describe and define the critical concepts related to human resources for health.
2. Compare and contrast key health system and policy differences and similarities among high-income and LMIC countries related to health workforce recruitment, retention and performance.
3. Describe promising practices for developing and strengthening the health workforce.
Evaluation: 
Rapid Review Proposal (Individual or Team) 25%
In class Assignments (Individual or Team) 10%
Rapid Review Manuscript (Individual or Team) 55%
Class participation 10%

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HAD4000H-Y

Course Number HAD4000H-Y
Course Name Case Studies in Public Health and Crisis Leadership (Elective)
Delivery Format 3 hour session per month from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Semester Offered Summer
*Course availability in Summer 2022 TBA.
Instructors Abi Sriharan
Description:
Public Health Leaders make a variety of strategic and tactical decisions for their population, including those about public health measures such as screening, monitoring and quarantine and resource allocations in pursuit of a common goal. Leading public health during emergencies such as a pandemic is a complex endeavor. It requires vision, passion, collaboration, engagement and the ability to make decisions under pressure and uncertainty. Using case studies of current public health leaders in Canada and internationally, students will explore leadership style, leadership vision, leadership decisions and strategy required to lead public health during a crisis.
Objectives:
After this course, students will be able to demonstrate

  • knowledge of the complexities of crisis leadership during public health emergencies
  • knowledge of the key facilitators and challenges of effective leadership
  • skills to engage in meaningful dialogue about leadership strengths and styles required to lead public health during a crisis
  • skills in data gathering, analysis for case study writing
Evaluation: 
Case Study Proposal (Case topic, data collection methods) 20%
Case Study Presentation (Case topic, data collection methods) 10%
Work in Progress Presentation 10%
Final Case Submission 50%
Class participation 10%

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