Department Chair: Michael O'Neill, Ed.D.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the MPA with an emphasis in Health Services Administration (MPA/HSA) programs provide mid-career and aspiring professionals with an opportunity to obtain advanced managerial education applicable to a broad range of public sector, nonprofit, and health care organizations. The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The program is designed to be completed in approximately 28 months.
our graduates for public leadership by advancing a challenging curriculum while
pursuing complementary research and transforming learning into acts of consequence
to serve our communities, especially the most vulnerable among us.
The MPA curriculum is comprised of 13 courses (39 credits). Students who select the Health Services Administration (HSA) concentration will apply their credits of the HSA coursework toward the concentration. Students pursuing a concentration in HSA take PA 617, PA 632, PA 660, and PA 680, for a total of 12 credits.
Required courses are sequenced as follows:
Health Services Administration (HSA) courses Include:
- Completion of all major coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
- Successful completion of all degree and concentration requirements
leadership behavior through application of organizational and managerial
effective leadership in practice.
discuss the role of public leaders toward recognizing and instituting the
principles of democratic governance in public organizations and community-based
describe differences between the vision, values, and goals of actors in the
public, nonprofit, and private sectors; discuss practical and ethical
implications of these differences for public leadership; and discuss disparate
impacts for the most vulnerable among us.
ability to correctly and effectively recognize changes in workforce and
community populations; determine appropriate communication modes and content.
superior performance of a diverse workforce and the contribution to this of
managerial action and institutional supports.
modify public service, based on cultural competency and citizen feedback.
challenges and issues in the U.S. health care sector in specific areas of
policy, its contemporary legal framework and management; describe/develop
operational responses and managerial adaptations.
collect, and articulate the interests of diverse voices of a community,
especially the most vulnerable among us.
apply the critical and analytical thinking skills necessary for effective,
informed, and balanced policy analysis.
interpret and communicate analytic research and policy implications to stakeholders.
- Demonstrate essential
analytic skills (qualitative and quantitative).
- Develop and present
informed and balanced results.
and interpret research in recognition of, and with respect for, diverse
cultural and historical perspectives; correctly identify limitations and
constraints; effectively communicate with elected officials, administrators,
issue advocates, and the population at large.