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Public Administration Course Descriptions

PA 611 Public Administration as a Field and Practice in Contemporary Society (3)

Reviews the history, status of, and emerging trends in public management on the federal, state, and local levels. Included is a survey of contemporary political, economic, and managerial concepts and developments in public administration that will serve as a foundation for further coursework in the program.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 613 Management and Organization Theory (3)

Examines management theory and organizational behavior in public organizations. Major theories, research, and practical applications are reviewed.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 617 Health Management (3)

(For Health Services Administration Concentration students.) This course will introduce the skills needed to manage and lead health care programs, organizations, and systems with an emphasis on planning and execution. Students will learn the principles of management and an understanding of dynamics affecting the healthcare delivery system to become effective leaders in the future. The U.S. health system will be discussed and compared with other systems. Policy issues arising within the health care delivery system (among providers, payers, controllers, and consumers) will be explored. Further topics include: strategic planning, problem solving, continuous quality improvement, control, and resource management.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 620 Leadership Ethics (3)

Investigates ethical issues and responsibilities faced by leaders and administrators applying ethical principles within an organizational context. The ethical dimensions of organizational life and related administrative behavior are addressed, using the works of major theorists.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 623 Economics and Finance for Public Managers (3)

Analyzes basic theory and various techniques applicable to financing public agencies and examines the effects of the economy on society and public organizations. Issues of public expenditure, revenue generation, fiscal policies, and economic development are discussed.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 632 Policy Analysis (3)

(For generalist PA students and Health Services Administration Concentration students.) This course will explore the policy process, design of programs, and its impact on service delivery. Policy analysis is used to focus on the key issues, concepts, arenas, and actors in decision making. Decision models are used to describe, explain, and predict phenomenon, such as behaviors and outcomes for policies and programs. As policies, programs, and projects proliferate and increase in complexity, there is a greater demand for analysis. Key stakeholders in government, service providers, industry groups, professional associations, trade associations, advocacy and consumer groups, require policy analysis to frame problems and make better decisions. The methods of policy analysis include: forecasting, case method, technology, political feasibility, and economic viability assessments. Both the role of government to correct market failures as well as government failures and unintended consequences that flow from decisions will be covered.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 633 Public Sector Budgeting (3)

Examines the process of public sector budgeting from the perspective of managerial planning and control. Budget formats are reviewed, as are techniques used to analyze budgetary data. Specific attention is given to aspects of forecasting, cost-benefit analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 636 Human Resource Planning and Management (3)

Investigates current human resource management issues in the public sector. The planning for and performance of traditional personnel functions and relevant techniques are examined in addition to contemporary issues and trends that impact public sector employment. Selected aspects of strategic HR planning and management are discussed.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 638 Emerging Technologies for Public Managers (3)

Discusses impact of a variety of technologies that support the work of public managers. Topics include the aspects of management of information systems, web applications, telecommunication, and project management. Ethical considerations and confidentiality issues are also addressed.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 644 Strategic Planning and Implementation (3)

(For generalist PA students) Provides an overview of concepts and techniques necessary to become effective strategists and planners. Topics include the strategic planning process, leadership challenges, and organizational change issues.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 650 Integrative Seminar in Public Management (3)

This is the capstone course for the MPA program. It offers students the opportunity to apply the theory and practice of public administration to an organizational or policy challenge. Students will write a paper based on their analysis and will also prepare a career plan.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 660 Health Law (3)

(For Health Services Administration Concentration students.) This course examines the legal powers and duties of the state that exist to assure the conditions for people to be healthy and the limits on that power to constrain the autonomy, privacy, liberty, proprietary, or other legally protected interests of individuals for protection or promotion of community health. Consideration is given to the role of the state from legal and ethical perspectives, to the application of ethical principles to populations as well as individuals and to the inherent rights that exist for all humans to a healthy life.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 670 Quantitative Methods (3)

Reviews and applies research methodologies used for public decision making. Concepts include specification of questions to guide inquiry, basis for causal inference, acquisition of quantitative data, reliability and validity issues, and elements of descriptive and inferential statistics. Provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance skills in designing, conducting, and analyzing research.

Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 680 Program and Policy Evaluation (3)

(For generalist PA and Health Services Administration Concentration students.) Program evaluation has quantitative, qualitative, and theoretical methodologies used to assign value to the inputs, outputs, and outcomes of various policies to be implemented. This course covers program design and research designs, measurement, instrumentation, data collection, model estimation, and statistical inference for determining program impacts. Topics include: formative, summative, process, and outcome evaluation, needs assessment, and performance measurement. There is also an emphasis on economic evaluation.

Colleges restricted to College of Prof. Studies and Sch of Bus and Prof Studies and School of Business and Sch of Bus and Prof Studies. Restricted to Graduate level; Public Administration majors

PA 685 Strategic Management of Public Communication (3)

This course explores effective communications in the public sector environment, including the theory behind and practical application of a variety of communication practices. These include but are not limited to public information and awareness campaign management, delivery of effective presentations, and interpersonal communication within the office and within public settings. Emphasis placed on the source, message, channel, and receiver dimensions of communication in both traditional (oral communication, print, broadcast radio and television) and mediated (social networking, blogs, podcasts) environments.

Restricted to Public Affairs majors

PA 699 Directed Study (1 - 3)

By special arrangement.

Restricted to Public Administration majors