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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; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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.

Prerequisites: PA 611
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to 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.

Prerequisites: PA 611
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 650 Integrative Seminar in Public Management (3)

This is the concluding course for the MPA program, applying theory, frames, and best practices of public administration to organizational and policy challenges. Students will write a papers based on their analysis and develop a career plan.

• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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; • Restricted to 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.

College 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; • Restricted to 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 Administration Majors;

PA 699 Directed Study (1 - 3)

By special arrangement.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 711 Navigating and Negotiating the Field of Practice of Public Administration (4)

This first course in the MPA program reviews the development of public administration and health administration each as fields of practice, as well as emerging trends and best practices in public administration and society, serving as a foundation for future courses. The course surveys contemporary political, managerial, and leadership practices in government administration, as well as interactions with the nonprofit sector. This course provides the tools, skills, and concepts to operationalize the USF mission statement of "Change the World from Here". An emphasis is on navigating and negotiating in public systems to leverage organizational, community, or institutional change. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 713 Management Practice, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resources (4)

Explore ways to resolve organizational and managerial problems. Develop recommendations that improve the performance of an actual organization. Apply reframing to organizational analysis, from at least four different frameworks. Understand the evolution of organizational theory models and practices in the historical development of the field. Analyze the structure of public and nonprofit organizations. Describe the human resources dynamics in organizations. Describe the drivers for politics and conflict, offering recommendations for negotiation. Analyze the impact of organizational culture on organizational performance. Consider the contemporary research on diversity and gender. Discuss the human resource function, limitations, and potential within the public and nonprofit sectors. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 717 Healthcare Management (HSA Concentration) (4)

Develop skills needed to manage and lead health care programs, organizations, and systems with an emphasis on planning and execution. Manage the healthcare delivery system by applying strategic planning, problem solving, continuous quality improvement, control, and resource management. Analyze policy issues arising within the health care delivery system to become effective leaders in the future. Identify 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. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 720 Core Value Driven Leadership and Ethics (4)

Explore the connections between core values and leadership .Describe and apply a variety of frameworks and major ethical theories for ethical decision-making as well as for best practices for core value driven leadership.. Engage in reflection on their own views on ethics, leadership and public service. Explain the human dimensions of ethical leadership and ethical failures. Apply a variety of approaches as public agency managers to create and sustain a culture of ethics within their organizations, including practical ways to increase the ethical awareness in organizations. Understand normative, compliance, and ethical practice in relation to good governance, anti-corruption and the promotion of transparent and accountable administration. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 723 Managing Budgets, Finance and Economics (4)

Discusses the context for local government or nonprofit budgeting including key actors, functions, and recent innovations. Compares and contrast the processes for developing local, state, and government/nonprofit and state/federal budgets. Demonstrate varied forecasting and cost analyses techniques. Specifies those factors responsible for government revenue, expenditure, taxation and debt management. Explains how demographic factors can be used to forecast government revenue, expenditure and debt accumulation. Understand cutting-edge developments in public finance, including alternative methods for financing and deploying capital projects at the federal, state and local levels. Adderess issues of fiscal sustainability. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 732 Public Policy Analysis and Implementation (4)

Identify approaches to public policy analysis, policy change processes and challenges to policy implementation. Apply professional ethics, value conflicts, and ethical code of ethics of policy analysts. Contrast rationales for distributional, competitive, market failure and other modes of problem analysis. Conduct cost-benefit analysis in programmatic review. Juxtaposes analytical tools in policy analysis with programmatic financial and budgetary methodology. Systematically apply policy analysis at the developmental, implemented and evaluative stages of deployment at the local, regional, state or federal levels. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 738 Information Technology and E-Trends (4)

Discuss underlying concepts, methods, and techniques that are essential to the effective selection, development, deployment, and use of technology. Discuss how technology alters the decision making process and can contribute to greater effectiveness of public organizations. Explain the considerations and tradeoffs involved in making decisions about needed systems functions, integrating technology and business, and procuring solutions. Discuss the legal, ethical and policy issues regarding the use of technology in the public sector. Use on-line technology for research, communications, and collaboration. Understand the challenges of changing management information systems in the public sector, including procurement challenges. Find cutting edge Apps and Web sites developed by public agencies. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 744 Strategic Planning (4)

Understand the core elements of strategy: outcomes, measures, assets, behaviors, values, stakeholders, environmental analysis, pitfalls or obstacles, and engagement processes. Apply strategy for advancing outcomes in your professional work. Distinguish between strategy and tactics. Analyze complex organizational challenge, determine leverage points for strategy, Identify obstacles to human resource strategic change and various strategies for overcoming barriers in the organization transformation process. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 749 Leading Across Sectors (2)

This course teaches how to apply best practices of leadership at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The course starts with the premise that successful leadership development is by design, not by accident to design, negotiate, manage, navigate, and evaluate programs, policies, initiatives, and projects that have a cross-sectoral dimension. Of particular interest are the varied mechanisms in play across sectors and placed-based approaches, not only in the United States, but also globally. The class emphasizes action-based learning to teach the application of leadership processes at four levels: Personal, Group, Organizational and Community for impact. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 760 Health Law and Ethics (HSA Concentration) (4)

Understand the fundamentals, structure, and functions of the legal system in health policy and care delivery. Recognize legal risk/liability in a wide variety of situations and communicate about that with legal counsel. Recognize the unique issues involved with health care information management, security, and reporting. Understand patient’s rights and ethical dilemmas that arise in health care. Understand the interplay of health care quality and employee regulation. Understand the role of regulatory agencies and how to navigate and negotiate in the regulatory environment. Develop a basic tool for analyzing and presenting health care legal policy. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 770 Quantitative Methods and Big Data (4)

Formulate researchable questions related to public interests that lend themselves to quantitative solution techniques. Determine what research method would provide a solution. Develop a research design. Conduct research or field work to explore the content and principles of quantitative analysis for public sector policy research or program evaluation. Carry out research in an ethical, socially responsible manner. Accurately observe record, analyze, and report data. Evaluate the validity of research results. Demonstrate understanding of and literacy in statistical techniques common in public management. Present results using widely accepted reporting formats, i.e. reports and presentations. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 780 Program Evaluation and Monitoring (4)

Analyze a program and develop a logic model to explicate it using action theory. Apply qualitative and/ or quantitative (economic) methods in evaluation research. Design and describe a program and develop and present an evaluation proposal. Become a competent researcher and consumer of evaluation research products. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 785 Strategic Communications (2)

Know the historical development and understanding of the communication process with an emphasis on the legal and ethical framework used by public and nonprofit sector communicators; Understand the importance of communication management as a function of understand the principles, process, and programs of communication management to better analyze, solve problems, and make decisions about communication situations; Explore the creative process to develop strategic campaigns and message points; and undergo media relations training to understand how to improve the public and nonprofit sectors’ abilities to manage public conversations. Develop research and writing skills through a variety of class assignments that articulate the needs of public and nonprofit sector communication officers. Available to any School of Management graduate students with program director's permission.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 788 Public Administration Special Topics (2 - 4)

Study of selected public administration topics. Subject matter will vary with instructor. Offered intermittently.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;

PA 799 Public Administration Directed Study (2 - 4)

By special arrangement.

• Restricted to Public Administration Majors;