235457 Health administrators' 10 managerial roles in promoting healthy communities, minds, and bodies

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Peter C. Olden, PhD, MHA , Graduate Health Administration Program, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Health administrators can perform important roles to create healthy communities and promote healthy minds and bodies. Various models and perspectives may be used to conceptualize, define, and examine these roles. One useful approach is to apply the model of 10 managerial roles developed by management scholar Henry Mintzberg. He identified 10 distinct roles in 3 groups. The Interpersonal Roles are figurehead, leader, and liaison. The Informational Roles are monitor, disseminator, and spokesperson. The Decisional Roles are entrepreneur, disturbance handler, resource allocator, and negotiator. This presentation defines each of these 10 roles. Then it explains how each role can be applied to create healthy communities and promote healthy minds and bodies. Specific examples in the presentation demonstrate how each role can be performed for this purpose. The 10 roles are timeless and universal enough that they are applicable for practicing administrators, leaders, and managers in a wide variety of health care organizations and communities.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
1. Define Mintzberg's 10 managerial roles 2. Explain how health administrators can perform each of these 10 roles to promote healthy communities, minds, and bodies 3. Discuss applicability of these roles for administrators in varied health care organizations

Keywords: Health Promotion, Management

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I studied management while earning my BS, MHA, and PhD degrees. I was a hospital executive for 14 years. I have taught health care management courses in college for more than 15 years. Much of my research and scholarship pertains to management and/or health promotion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.