GHP Rep Post: How to Succeed in MGT 173

Taking MGT 173: Project Management – Health Services this quarter? Here are some very useful tips that could help you in taking on and excelling within the course, thoughtfully provided by one of our Global Health Program Rep: Ashley Emuka!


Top Five Ways To Succeed In UCSD’s MGT 173

By Ashley Emuka, ’17

based on an interview of Professor Robert Fuller

Spring quarter is always an exciting time for Global Health majors. We have just come back from break, where some of us spent it working with our favorite non-profits or others spent it getting away from the stress of social science altogether. Regardless, we come to our last quarter of the year, excited and ready to go. However, looking at the schedule of classes being offered, there is always puzzlement about a peculiar class that makes up the core of our study: Project Management: Health Services (MGT 173).

When thinking about our major that encompasses subjects such as biology, anthropology, and sometimes communications, a Rady School of Management class seems out of place. Why would we need to learn anything about business, economics, and the market when we focus on health inequities and marginalized people? Because Global Health is crucially and inherently interdisciplinary. That means that we need skills and knowledge from wide ranging professions to help breakdown global injustice. Spoiler alert: a couple things you will learn from MGT 173 is how to handle a team to get the most done. How do you think those non-profits we volunteer at during spring break run their organizations?

Below you will find a list of the Top Five Ways to Succeed (Mentally) in MGT, from a former student of the course and from the professor himself.

  1. ATTEND EVERY CLASS. There are only 10 classes, so skipping one is a huge deal. Attendance also accounts for a significant part of your overall grade. Professor Fuller is also an efficient instructor, so although three hours of class seems daunting, he usually does not use the whole time. Pro-tip: he sometimes offers extra credit right at the end of his lecture.
  2. STUDY THE LECTURES CRITICALLY. The quizzes are not difficult if you do.
  3. TALK TO PROFESSOR FULLER. When interviewing Professor Fuller, I found myself thinking about Global Health way outside of the box. I start thinking about ways that disciplines outside of our study can help. I started looking into creating my own organization from our office hours talk. He was also an inspiring and jovial man with practical ideals.
  4. TALK THE CLASS SERIOUSLY. As a Global Health major myself, I found myself being drained with classes that only dealt with conceptual material. Classes where we were asking the questions but getting the answers would take a lot longer. MGT 173 was a breathe of fresh air, in my opinion and in my GPA. Everything clicked and made sense in MGT 173 in ways I hadn’t experienced before. Of course you should care about your employees’ needs. Of course every business needs budgets and reports. All the abstract, theoretical ideas of my Global Health classes were applied with pragmatism in MGT 173.
  5. ALWAYS THINK ABOUT HOW IT RELATES TO GLOBAL HEALTH. Ultimately, you will get the most out of this class when you remember that it has a purpose in our degree audits. When discussing business leadership, think about the World Health Organization. When talking about financial organization, think of humanitarian organizations. When thinking about a final project, think of products and companies that will further Global Health and our missions.

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