This sequence of recommended courses teaches students analytic approaches and practice behaviors for enhancing the effectiveness of human service organizations serving disadvantaged populations. The goals of the Management cluster are:

  • To familiarize students with the theories and analytical frameworks useful for developing and implementing effective organizational policies and practices;
  • To instruct students in strategies that can enable human service organizations to respond effectively to external threats and opportunities;
  • To help students develop competencies in modern management methods, such as staff supervision and development, negotiation, participatory decision-making, organizational development, and agency budgeting.

SSA Faculty recommend that students choosing the Organizations & Management cluster take three or more Cluster courses and one or more Context courses.  The following courses will be offered in 2015-16:

46512   Management Skills for Community Empowerment & Systemic Change
65600  Special Issues in Health Care Management: Health Systems Transformation
45912   Supervision from an Organizational & Relationship Perspective
47300  Strategic Management: External Factors
49600  Financial Management for Nonprofit Organization
62600  Philanthropy, Public Policy, & Community Change
46412  The Evaluation of Social Welfare Programs & Policies
64600 Quality Monitoring & Improvement for the Social Services

60300: Workforce & Workplace Development: Inequality in Employment
61500  Urban Education & Educational Policy
47512  The US Health Care System
48112  Community Organizing
64700  Organizing Coalitions for Change: Growing Power & Social Movements
46922  Structuring Refuge: US Refugee Policy and Resettlement Practice

Zehua Cui

"I had no awareness of the existence of social work in schools in China, so I am thankful for my first year internship experience with children at Namaste Charter school, which totally opened up a new world for me. The experience broadened my horizon in terms of the various ways in which we can help children," says Zehua Cui.