Course List (12 courses, 36 units)

This program includes five required courses, six option courses and a Graduate Project for students admitted prior to the Spring 2019. Students admitted in the Spring 2019 and thereafter will take six required courses, five option courses and a Graduate Project.

Required Courses

Core Courses

  • 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 642A: Ethics and Professionalism (new core requirement for students admitted Spring 2019 and thereafter)
  • MPA 644: Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
  • MPA 650: Seminar in Public Policy Process

Culminating Experience:

  • 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 517: Health Economics and National Health Policy
  • HSCI 613: Managing Change in Health Care Organizations

Course Highlights

course name units description
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.
Ethics and Professionalism 3 Examines ethical issues and cases relevant to public administration. Focuses on professional relationships and responsibilities. Analyzes wider questions of public power, violence, deception and justice for their important relevance to public administration. Prepares students to analyze and confront ethical challenges in their professional life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Health Economics and National Health Policy 3 Knowledge of the economic implications associated with various administrative decisions and/or changes in the health care delivery system is essential for the modern health care professional. Economic analysis can be useful in providing the essential information necessary to the solution, and/or understanding of health care delivery problems.
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.