Walden University Week 11 Public Healthcare Leadership Paper


Public health problems are generally complex as many involve a series of causes that may directly pose a specific health threat. As a result, special challenges await public health leaders and leaders must be ready to address such challenges with efficiency and effectiveness. Therefore, a developed personal, public health leadership theory may assist leaders with a framework which highlights leadership perspectives for use in the field. As practitioners of the theory, you may be able to focus more directly on development, implementation, and evaluation of public health solutions to health problems and crises affecting society.

This week, you finalize your personal Public Health Leadership Theory. With a blended understanding of various leadership perspectives learned in this course, your development of a leadership theory with attention to present gaps in the literature may provide a necessary framework for future best practices in the field.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Apply leadership perspectives to the development of a personal Public Health Leadership Theory
  • Apply research methods to the design of an evaluation plan

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Nahavandi, A. (2014). The art and science of leadership (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

  • Chapter 1, “Definition and Significance of Leadership”
  • Chapter 6, “Current Era in Leadership”
  • Chapter 7, “Other Leadership Perspectives”
  • Chapter 9, “Leading Change”
  • Chapter 10, “Developing Leaders”

Avolio, B. J., Walumbwa, F. O., & Weber, T. J. (2009). Leadership: Current theories, research, and future directions. Annual Review of Psychology, 60(1), 421–449.

Best, A., & Holmes, B. (2010). Systems thinking, knowledge and action: Towards better models and methods. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate & Practice, 6(2), 145-159.

Koh, H. (2009). Fostering public health leadership. Journal of Public Health, 31(2), 199–201.

Document: Doctoral Study Template (Word document)

Note: You will use this template to complete the Scholar-Practitioner Project.

Project: Scholar-Practitioner Project: Public Health Leadership Theory

For your final written assignment, you refine and develop your Public Health Leadership Theory based on leadership theories and a systems approach learned in this course. For this Assignment, your theory should reflect Instructor feedback, researched studies, introspection, innovation, and literature analysis.

The Assignment (15–20 pages):

Section 1 — Abstract and Introduction (1–2 pages)

Section 2 — Revised Literature Review and Problem Statement (5–7 pages):

  • Literature Review to include:
    • A synthesis of the literature of 15–20 peer reviewed, scholarly resources
    • A description of theoretical gaps in the research
  • Problem Statement to include:

Section 3 — Personal Public Health Leadership Theory (2–3 pages):

  • An articulation of your personal Public Health Leadership Theory

Section 4 — Revised Visual Representation of Your Public Health Leadership Theory (3–4 pages):

Your visual representation should include:

  • Your personal Public Health Leadership Theory to address the gaps identified in the literature
  • A visual representation of the theory (e.g. table, graph, matrix)
  • A explanation on how the theory addresses the literature gap identified in Week 5
  • A description of how your theory incorporates aspects of systems thinking

Section 5 — Empirical Evaluation Plan for a Public Health Leadership Theory (3–4 pages):

You will assess if the newly developed leadership theory addresses the problem you have been working on. What methodological steps will you use? How will you collect data? Suggestion – start with how theories in our text are evaluated. It does not have to be detailed, but it must include the methods, measures and analytic techniques.

If the assignments are done correctly, there should be an alignment from the topic of choice to the evaluation:

  • The topic is researched in the literature
  • The literature review points out a theoretical gap that needs to be addressed by leadership
  • The gap is turned into a problem statement
  • A leadership theory to address the problem proposed
  • The theory is depicted in a visual; and finally
  • An evaluation plan describes how the newly developed theory resolves the problem identified in the literature

To further help, examples (Two final projects – permission given to post) are located in the Doc Sharing area for this week

Section 6 — Conclusion (1–2 pages)

Section 7 — References

  • An APA-formatted reference list of 15–20 peer-reviewed, scholarly journals

By Day 7

Submit your Scholar-Practitioner Project.

Submission and Grading Information

To submit your completed Project for review and grading, do the following:

  • Please save your Project using the naming convention “WK11Proj+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
  • Click the Scholar-Practictioner Project Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
  • Click the Week 11 Project link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
  • Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK11Proj+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
  • If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
  • Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Scholar-Practictioner Project Rubric

Check Your Project Draft for Authenticity

To check your Project draft for authenticity:

Submit your Week 11 Project draft and review the originality report.

Submit Your Project by Day 7

To submit your Project:

Week 11 Project

Week in Review

In this final week, you analyzed the influence of leadership perspectives on outcomes of current events and leadership theory abstracts. You also applied leadership concepts and perspectives to public health issues and research.

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