Organisational Behaviour and Transformational Management (OBTM)

“Organisations work the way human beings create them” (Peter M. Senge, 1996). In today’s fast-paced world, change is a constant and increasingly complex element of organisational management. Traditional management approaches often lack specificity and awareness for current environmental, societal and technological transformations. The future success of organisations in the 21st century, however, will depend on their response to these rapidly shifting trends. Will leaders cling to the status quo and be left behind? Or will they embrace the changing landscape and become drivers for change?

Every change starts with a conscious mind and awareness. In this course, participants will learn how adaptive organisational behaviour and transformational management fosters a common culture that promotes interdependence, strengthens cooperation, prevents interpersonal conflicts and promotes innovation. With case studies from different country and health management settings, this course compliments theory with practical tools, techniques and tried and true methods. Participants will also get an overview of the latest developments in organisational behaviour and transformational management, preparing them to have measurable impact on their organisation’s performance with an emphasis on the whole ecosystem.

The Organisational Behaviour and Transformational Management course is one of our Management Courses that can be taken as stand-alone courses or combined to achieve the MBA in International Health Management.

The course consists of 3 phases combining blended and hybrid learning formats, offering the benefits of both self-paced learning and synchronous real-time interaction.

Phase 1: Preparation

During the preparation phase, participants familiarise themselves with the course topic by studying materials and completing assignments under the guidance of the facilitators.

→ Self-paced distance learning and an introductory online session

→ 4 weeks part-time

→ Approx. 40 hours of student investment

Phase 2: Hybrid Face-to-Face Week

During the hybrid face-to-face week, participants engage in five days of intensive discussions, reflection exercises, case studies, group work, quizzes and presentations, either on-site at the Swiss TPH headquarters in Allschwil, Switzerland, or online. Active participation (online or on-site) is expected throughout the week. 

→ On-site in Allschwil or online

→ 5 days full-time

→ Approx. 40-45 hours of student investment

Typically, there are two hybrid/face-to-face weeks with two courses back-to-back to allow participants from abroad to attend two courses on one flight.

Phase 3: Final Assignment

In the post phase, participants consolidate their learning through the development of a final assignment, such as essays, project outlines, presentations or online quizzes, supported by the course facilitators.

→ Distance-based and mostly self-paced

→ 6 weeks part-time

→ Approx. 95-100 hours of student investment

At a Glance

Online Information Session

At the end of the course, participants will be ready to manage transformational processes in various health management settings, taking into account multicultural and diverse working contexts. Moreover, participants will be able to assess organisational structures and management models and develop concepts strengthen the capacity to co-create and collaborate across organisations and sectors.

Preparation phase (35%): Participants are required to review introductory literature and carry out a competency assessment in their professional working context. For participants without the possibility to do the assessment, a case study with specific questions will be provided.

Face-to-face week (30%): Participants will work individually and in teams on different tasks. They will be evaluated individually based on their performance whilst presenting their assessment results.

Post Phase (35%): Following the face-to-face week of the course, participants are asked to develop a concept for a transformational management process including appropriate measures and techniques based on management techniques that have been discussed.

The course is designed for those working, or wishing to work, in the field of international public health cooperation at all levels. It is of particular interest to (future) leaders and managers addressing the need to combine strong business management skills with a sound public health education.

To enrol, you need a bachelor's degree and at least two years' relevant work experience, as well as a passion for global and public health. As all management courses are taught in English, strong oral and written English skills are also required. In order to attend the course, the fee must be paid before the course starts.

Course fee: CHF 3,450
Reduced course fee for MBA IHM students*: CHF 2,950

* The same fee applies to tropEd students and students enrolled in an SSPH+ professional postgraduate Master's or PhD programme.

Course fees must be paid one week before the start of the preparation phase. Tuition fees do not cover insurance, travel or personal living expenses incurred during your stay in Basel.

Please note that cancellations for any reason after the start of the preparation phase (Phase 1) are subject to a cancellation fee of CHF 500. Cancellations received less than two days prior to the start of the hybrid face-to-face week (Phase 2) will be charged the full course fee.

Swiss TPH and the University of Basel do not offer scholarships for management courses.

Disclaimer: In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the course may be cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Swiss TPH is not responsible for any costs related to flight bookings, etc.