Course List (12 courses, 36 units)

This program includes five required courses, six additional courses and a Graduate Project. Listed below are course descriptions.

Required Courses

Core Courses (Six Required - 3.0 Units each)

  • MPA 610: Seminar in Public Administration & Its Environment
  • MPA 620: Research Methods in Public Administration
  • MPA 630: Seminar in Organization Theory and Human Behavior
  • MPA 644: Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
  • MPA 650: Seminar in Public Policy Process
  • MPA 612A: Intergovernmental Relations

Culminating Experience:

  • MPA 697S: Comprehensive Examination
  • MPA 698S: Graduate Project

Health Administration Option Courses

For those interested in the MPA online Health Administration (HA) option the following courses will be required as part of the HA "track."

Students will complete these five pre-selected courses below.

  • HSCI 510: Systems for Health Delivery in the U.S.
  • HSCI 511: Health Services Administration Theory and Practice
  • HSCI 513: Leadership in Health Administration Practice
  • HSCI 523: Seminar in Health Care Organization
  • HSCI 613: Managing Change in Health Care Organizations

 

Course Schedules

Course Highlights

course name units description
MPA
610
Seminar in Public Administration and Its Environment 3 In this seminar, students' personal experiences and insights create the base from which to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of public administration. This course examines the role of public administration in our society-and the role of society in public administration.
MPA
612A
Intergovernmental Relations 3 Relationships between governmental units are more important than ever in shaping and implementing policy in today's complex society. Students in this course participate in an in-depth examination and analysis of the dynamics of the legislative, political and inter-organizational processes while analyzing the relationships of different levels and branches of government. Students evaluate lobbying, change agents, decision-making procedures, and media impacts. They also develop skills to support change and influence decisions through the use of inter-organizational techniques.
MPA
620
Research Methods for Public Administration 3 Sound research methods are an essential tool for helping public professionals gain an understanding of public needs and measure the success of programs. This course introduces students to the concepts, approaches and methods of research in public administration. Students explore different data collection methodologies (including experimental design, survey, observation, content analysis, case study, and evaluation) and use the computer lab (as needed) to compile statistical data for various projects and class assignments.
MPA
630
Organization Theory and Human Behavior 3 This course gives students a historical perspective on organization theory and examines contemporary approaches to the study of organization. The concepts discussed apply to public, private and nonprofit organizations. Students take an active role in bringing their own observations to the discussion of topics such as decision-making, power, conflict, communication, leadership, motivation, group effectiveness, organizational change, personal and organizational autonomy.
MPA
644
Public Budgeting and Financial Administration 3 The ability of public officials to manage budgets, distribute resources and predict costs is crucial to a community's well-being. This course gives students a solid grounding in the concepts, terminology and techniques in the art and science of public sector budgeting and financial administration. Students use real world examples to analyze various approaches to public budgeting and revenue planning, evaluate and problem solve fiscal activities in governmental units, and gain "hands-on" budget preparation and presentation experience.
MPA
650
Public Policy Process 3 Public policy often determines the core of our political and personal lives. This course examines the development of legislative and regulatory policies and the role of public administrators as active participants in the policymaking process by studying problem identification, agenda setting, policy proposal and adoption. Students develop the breadth, skill and knowledge, as well as the understanding of our diverse society, needed for comprehensive analyses of public programs.
MPA
697S
Comprehensive Examination  3 Students selecting this Option prepare for the examination in General Public Administration and in 2 Specialized Subfields.
MPA
698S
Graduate Project 3 This culminating course requires students to demonstrate their mastery of their specialization in Public Administration. Students will revise an existing research paper that they produced in one of their graduate seminars in the MPA Program and develop it into a manuscript that could be submitted as a conference paper, journal article, or academic writing sample. This course is to be taken only in the student's final semester. Available for NC/CR only.

Health Administration Option Courses

course name units description
HSCI
510
Systems for Health Delivery in the U.S. 3 This initial course not only lays a foundation for students new to health care but also brings those already working in the area more up-to-date on this fast-growing and rapidly changing field. Public and private organizations are discussed since both play significant roles in the nation's health care delivery system. By taking an historical approach that focuses on key federal and state legislation and regulations, this course enables students to better understand the evolution of health-services delivery in this country. Students also learn how various events have resulted in access to health care for individuals as well as how these changes have impacted the payment system for providers. Other topics include how health care professionals are prepared for their work, how quality is maintained, and how health care organizations develop and function. Special consideration is given to the most current health care reform measures.
HSCI
511
Health Services Administration Theory and Practice 3 Theory and practice must be considered together to ensure that students grasp the basic concepts underlying America's very complex health care system. This course looks at both by examining the historical and current applications of health care services administration in organizations. Today's health care administrators must contend with a great variety of forces that affect the delivery of services. Taking a systems approach, students analyze the administrator's role and consider how administrators must first assess, then proactively respond to these forces in order to be successful. Students also study how a health care organization functions, especially in its development of managerial processes and the formation of a distinctive culture that will enable it to provide the high levels of care quality and safety required by system stakeholders.
HSCI
513
Leadership in Health Administration Practice 3 Today's rapidly changing health care environment calls for a new type of leader. This seminar-style class examines the competencies and skills that health care managers and directors need in order to lead others successfully. While basic leadership principles are discussed, specific emphasis is placed on theories and practices that have proved most successful in our country's health care delivery system. The course's evidence-based approach includes a review of current literature and best practices. Case studies provide examples of leadership strategies that can be implemented in various health care settings. Students also identify and develop their own personal leadership styles through a variety of assignments.
HSCI
523
Seminar in health care Organization 3 This course looks at the various sectors within the health care industry. Each session takes up a different component, including hospitals, ambulatory care, long-term care, the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, and other entities to examine the factors that make each of them unique, yet still interrelated. Also examined are the human resources, facilities and services associated with each sector. This organizational view is augmented by patients' perspectives. Further, health status is explored with an emphasis on population health, a concept that has come into prominence as health care reform shifts us from providing episodic care for individuals to greater accountability in caring for groups of people over time. Altogether, this seminar provides students with a wider understanding of the issues facing health care delivery in a dramatically changing field.
HSCI
613
Managing Change in health care Organizations 3 Few areas of the nation's economy are changing as massively and comprehensively as the health care field. With new laws and regulations altering the way that health care is delivered, these are historic times and only the future knows whether our health care system will improve or decline as a result. This seminar-style class focuses on contemporary administrative trends, issues and new developments in health care delivery. Current events are discussed, and change theory is explored, especially with regard to how the various principles of transformation play into the ways that health care delivery systems are unfolding. The objective is to enable students to achieve a greater understanding of the value of embracing change.