Public Administration (PUAD)


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5310. Capstone: Practicum in Public Administration (3). Prerequisite: To be taken during final semester unless an exception is granted. Applied research paper requiring students to use concepts from their M.P.A. courses to analyze, synthesize, and formulate recommendations that address a real-world public administration problem or policy issue. Requires oral presentation. (Graded on pass/fail basis)

5319. Research Methods in Public Administration (3). Issues and techniques in data collection, analysis, and management for evaluating programs. Focus on research design, measurement, and decision-making in public organizations.

5320. Program Evaluation and Quantitative Analysis (3). Introduction to techniques of analyzing public policies, including descriptive and inferential statistics and computer applications.(POLS 5382)

5322. Planning and Management of Weather and Climate Risks (3). Students learn about the hazards faced by human and natural systems that are caused by weather and climate-related risks and how to develop a risk-management plan.

5323. The Science and Policy of Climate Change (3). Discussion of the evidence for human-induced climate change, impacts of climate change on people and the planet, and possible solutions to this global problem.

5324. Energy, Climate, and Sustainability (3). Students learn the political and administrative dynamics of U.S. energy, climate, and sustainability law policy.

5325. Analysis and Application of Climate Data (3). Students learn to incorporate appropriate climate inputs into a wide range of quantitative applications. Fluency in advanced programming language (e.g., R, MatLab) required

5326. Information Technology in Public Administration (3). The role of information and communication systems are examined as well as applications used by public administrators. Emphasis is placed on understanding the systemic issues facing the application of information technology in the public sector.

5327. Energy Policy and Administration (3). Students will learn traditional and untraditional energy-related policies and administration agencies charged with implementing the law and the challenges associated with energy resource development.

5333. Environmental Policy and Administration (3). Analysis of the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of environmental and natural resources policy, emphasizing theoretical foundations, political contexts, and principles of administering environmental policies.

5334. Healthcare Policy and Administration (3). Analysis of the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare policy and service delivery, emphasizing skills and knowledge in policy-making, management, and decision-making.

5335. Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3). Study of the third sector and the administration of nonprofits, including laws, boards, personnel, volunteers, finances, grant writing, fundraising, marketing, and planning.

5337. Public Organization Theory (3). The major political and administrative theories applicable to public sector organizations are examined. Contemporary trends in organization theory and public management are emphasized.

5341. Public Policy Theory and Process (3). Introduction to competing theoretic explanations of U.S. public policy making. Explores interactions between institutional actors, logic of administrative structure and delegated authority, and bureaucratic discretion.

5342. City Management (3). The political implications and administrative functions of city government are examined. Contemporary issues of municipal management are emphasized.

5343. Public Personnel Administration (3). Description and analysis of the personnel function in public and non-profit agencies.

5344. Public Budgeting (3). Political and economic aspects of the budgetary process as the central mechanism for public resource allocation and executive planning.

5345. Administrative Ethics and Leadership (3). Apply major frameworks to diagnose organizational problems and to exercise leadership when resolving ethical dilemmas and leading organizational change.

5346. Public Financial Management (3). Prerequisite: PUAD 5344 or consent of instructor. An in-depth study of government finance function with emphasis on fund structure, financial reporting, and related management practices including cash, debt, risk, and inventory management.

5347. Internship in Public Administration (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Service assignment in a public agency to enhance professional skills for students in the Masters in Public Administration program. Graded pass-fail and may be repeated for credit.

5348. Selected Topics in Public Administration (3). Special studies on subjects in public administration. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

5352. Public Policy Analysis (3). Prerequisite: PUAD 5319, 5320 or instructor consent. Introduction to analytic tools for evaluating public policies; examines policy choices given resources and informational constraints. Topics include risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, and market failures.

5364. Comparative Effectiveness and Quality Improvement of Healthcare Systems (3). Prerequisite: PUAD 5319. An in-depth understanding of healthcare delivery systems through comparisons of U.S. and other country's healthcare delivery systems and QI and CER methods.