Academic Programs : Business Skills in Public Health Certificate Program / BEAM

Course Descriptions

Budget/Finance

Faculty: Mario Perez, Professor of Financial and Managerial Accounting, University of Miami School of Business

The Budget/Finance course will introduce the essential techniques of planning, managing, and monitoring budgets in the governmental public health sector. Various aspects and considerations of budget building are presented, as well as ways of examining the differences between the budget and actual spending.


Measuring the Financial Health of Public Health Agencies

Faculty: Peggy Honoré

Financial analysis uses data from various financial and operating reports to assess financial performance of individual programs, services, and an agency. It aids in determining which programs and services drive positive or negative performance. In non-profit settings, it is used as a measure for assessing an organization’s overall financial capability to continue programs and services needed to meet its mission. This course builds the skills required to conduct such analysis at the program as well as the agency level.

Management – Strategic Orchestration

Faculty: Dr. Alejandro Ruelas- Gossi, Professor of Strategy & Innovation, University of Miami School of Business Administration

Strategy Orchestration happens when a firm pursues an opportunity, NOT by leveraging strategic power and NOT by controlling all the required resources, BUT by assembling and managing a network of partners (nodes).

Strategy Orchestration flips traditional strategy on its head. Rather than starting with what you control and looking for ways to leverage it, managers begin with the opportunity and then assemble the required resources in its wake.

Contracts – Journey to Service

Faculty: Joan Martínez Evora, JD, Lecturer in Business Law, University of Miami School of Business Administration

The course Journey to Service focuses on the legal implications of business transactions as they relate to contracting in the public health sector. It is intended to provide participants with an introduction and overview of general principles of contract law. It covers contract formation and practical approaches to standard contract clauses, and examines specific examples carefully chosen from the public health industry. The course methodology offers real-work situations with online activities and course assessments


Contracting in a 3.0 Environment

Faculty: Peggy Honoré

Outcomes-based contracting (OBC) links vendor payments to desired outcomes (results) rather than conducting activities. The value of OBC is that it is structured around achievement of results that are considered paramount over activities when striving to improve population health. It also provides better assurance of a ROI. The concept is built on quality assurance principles that facilitate performance improvements and grew out of the results-based accountability movement. This course provides are introduction to this concept along with the specific elements needed for designing, managing, and monitoring such procurements and program outcomes.

Enrollment begins January 2018