Introduction to Public Administration

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the study of public administration. The course begins with an examination of the role that government plays in modern society, and the complementary roles assumed by public managers in a democratic political system. Next, classical writings in organizational theory will be studied. These writings lay the foundation for later research in public administration, and also relate directly to the real-world practice of management. Finally, the course will end with a broad discussion of popular ideas concerning how the field should be reformed in order to make it more useful to society. Students will leave the course with a knowledge base that will enable them to better comprehend the more advanced materials studied in later courses in the MPA Program.

Nonprofit Management

The objective of this course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical tools needed to manage nonprofit organizations. This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the role of nonprofit organizations, the size and scope of the nonprofit sector, and the challenges faced by nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Also, this course aims to help students acquire skills necessary to analyze and resolve various managerial situations within a complex framework of legal, fiscal, ethical, and administrative constraints. More specifically, the topics of this course include: the theoretical and practical explanations of nonprofit organizations in market economies, philanthropy and volunteering, public trust and accountability, the costs and benefits of the tax-exemptions for nonprofits, the interdependence of government and nonprofit organizations in the modern state, inherent ties between public, nonprofit, and for-profit institutions, and interaction between nonprofits and the public policy arena.

Health Systems and Policy

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the history, organization, financing, and regulation of medical and public health services in the United States. This course is designed to facilitate the student understanding of the fundamentals of the U.S. health care delivery system and health policy. The curriculum will explore the human and financial capital, as well as the information technology utilized in delivering health care today. The course content will also examine the determinants of health and outcomes of the health care system and how those outcomes are addressed through policy. Next, this course will examine topics associated with health policy processes, including policy formulation, agenda-setting, policy implementation, policy modification, and policy reform. The course covers theoretical, conceptual, and practical foundations of the macro aspects of the health policymaking process and healthcare organizations. This course will come to a conclusion with thoughts on the future of health services delivery.