MPA Program Course Descriptions

PADM 5011 — Public Administration: Scope, Development & Ethical Environment 3(3-0)
This course is an overview of the scope of administration as a field of study and as a profession.

PADM 5125 — Organizational Theory 3(3-0)
This course examines the evolution and development of organizational theories, forms and practices from the factory system to the emergence of the virtual global organization.

PADM 5200 — The Administrative State 3(3-0)
This course is an overview of public administration in relation to legislative, executive and judicial processes.

PADM 5202 — Administrative Law 3(3-0)
The legal aspects of the power and procedures of federal and state agencies in the judicial re- view of administrative actions are discussed.

PADM 5212 — Legal Aspects of Public Personnel Administration 3(3-0)
This course is an in-depth study of court decisions which impact public personnel administration and problems that arise as a result of political and civil rights of public employees.

PADM 5261 — Public Personnel Administration 3(3-0)
This course involves public personnel principles and practices including selection, appointment, classification, compensation, tenure and promotion.  The role of personnel officers in government will be analyzed.

PADM 5300 — Administration of Nonprofit Organizations 3(3-0)
This course will provide theoretical and application understanding of the operation of corporations in the nonprofit sector.  It is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills of basic methods used to lead and manage such organizations and successfully navigate the political, financial, ethical and social challenges of this sector.

PADM 5301 — Public Budgeting 3(3-0)
The course surveys the role of government budgets in determination of policy in administrative integration and control of government operations, in intergovernmental relations and in relation to the private economy.

PADM 5321 — Foundations of Health Care Finance 3 (3-0)
This course explores the basics of health care finance. It focuses on topics of expenditures, revenue generation, fund-raising, budgeting and financial planning in health care administration.

PADM 5322 — Foundations of Public Health Administration and Management 3 (3-0)
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction and overview of public health management and administration.

PADM 5324 Epidemiology 3(3-0)
This introductory course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the basic definitions, concepts, principles and methods of population-based epidemiologic research.

PADM 5450 — Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations 3(3-0)
The course focuses on the origins and perspectives of public unionism, key actors and processes in the collective bargaining relationship and process, problems associated with enforcement of public sector collective bargaining agreements and problems raised by the political and civil rights of public employees.

PADM 5500 — Computer Applications & Management of Information Systems 3(3-0)
Students are introduced to the concepts and theories of management information systems, the practices in government organizations, as well as issues, problems and trends. The course will also introduce students to a variety of data based programs such as SPSS, Excel, Access and effective use of Power Point.

PADM 5502 — Research Design and Data Analysis 3(3-0)
This course is designed to acquaint students with the assumptions, concepts and methods for quantitative and qualitative scientific inquiry and basic data analysis techniques useful in public administration and nonprofit management research.

PADM 5511 — Directed Independent Policy Studies 3(3-0)
This course allows students to pursue specialized interests in policy studies.

PADM 5530 — Independent Study in Public Administration 3(3-0)
This course allows students to complete independent, supervised readings and research on a pre-selected topic and present a final paper to the instructor.  Students will also complete 10 page annotated bibliographies on their area of interests and complete a state or federal agency profile.

PADM 5551 — Diversity Management and Public Organization 3(3-0)
The course will provide a broad-based perspective of diversity management in the workplace. It will examine the contemporary workforce which represents multiple differences, including for example, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, age, alternate lifestyles and physical/mental abilities.

PADM 5600 — Issues in Human Resources Management 3(3-0)
The course examines issues in managing   public human resources.

PADM 5615 — Human Capital Development: Theory and Practice 3(3-0)
In this course we will study the choices individuals make regarding the development of their human capital, the relation between human capital and wages, and the impact of human capital on organization performance as well as implications for economy wide performance.

PADM 5635 — Introduction to Community & Economic Development 3(3-0)

To examine community and economic development movements in the United States and abroad. The understanding of the physical urban environment and local economic development.

PADM 5650 — Executive Leadership: Principles of Public Administration 3(3-0)
Examines leadership skills necessary to maximize group effectiveness in public and volunteer organizations.   Considerable use will be made of role-playing and/or simulation exercises.

PADM 5710 — Grantsmanship for Public Administration 3(3-0)
Offers instruction on the “how to” of grant writing and planning for grant writing in the public sector and nonprofits.

PADM 5720 — Contemporary Issues in Public Administration 3(3-0)
Treats current and recurring issues and problems in public administration at the local, state and federal levels in the United States. How public bureaucracies deal with such problems and issues as effective service delivery of public safety and defense, education, health care, transportation, environmental protection, disease control, welfare and amelioration of poverty, international trade and relations and  how  service  delivery  is  paid  for  will  be  addressed. Prerequisite:  9 semester hours of public administration courses or consent of the instructor

PADM 5781 — Introduction to Public Policy 3(3-0)
The course emphasizes   the nature and definition of public policy, the structure in which public policy is produced and how various kinds of public policy are made.

PADM 5791 — Health Policy and Politics 3(3-0)
This course deals with contemporary health-care policies and politics. The course includes discussions of the current crisis in health costs and proposed solutions. 

PADM 5802 — Public Policy Analysis 3(3-0)
The course focuses on the forces that shape the direction of public policy and the mechanics through which public policy is formulated.

PADM 5810 — Intergovernmental Relations 3(3-0)
Emphasizes the issues and problems involved in the relationships among federal, state and local governments.

PADM 5815 — International and Comparative Public Policy 3(3-0)
This course introduces students to the comparative study of public policy and political institutions and acquaints them with a select number of foreign political systems.

PADM 5823 — Program Development, Management & Evaluation 3(3-0)
A study of basic methods used to evaluate programs and policies, including an examination of the impact which selected policies have had on intended target populations.

PADM 5831 — Urban and Rural Community Planning 3(3-0)
This course is a survey of the principles and practices of public planning for the development and management of human, economic and physical resources of communities.  Reviews planning systems at various levels and their interrelationships.

PADM 5850 — Community Development Theory and Practice 3(3-0)
This course explores principles and techniques of local community development.  It explores theories of local community development, addresses neighborhood needs and impacts of local policies and programs.

PADM 5851 — Professional Public Service Internship Project 3(3-0)
This practicum includes a final professional project in which the student will design, conduct, analyze and report on a project completed during his/her professional service internship.

PADM 5852 — Health Care Delivery for Specialized Groups 3(3-0)
This course is designed to provide the students with an understanding of contemporary issues in health care delivery.   Emphasis will be placed on the health needs of low income American families, the elderly, disabled, minorities, children and other medically underserved populations. 

PADM 5860 — Economic Development Theory and Practice 3(3-0)
Explores theories of local economic development and addresses the dilemmas contemporary communities face.

PADM 5872 — Executive Policy-Making 3(3-0)
Focuses on the institutional mechanisms and processes of policy formulation at the presidential level.

PADM 5907 — Capstone Report (Exit Process) 3(3-0)
This course requires students to complete a written practitioner-based report on a case study that demonstrates their mastery of the material presented in the core courses of the MPA program. The case study must be supported by scholarly literature and students will have to orally defend it to demonstrate their mastery of the chosen subject matter. The capstone report serves as an exit process component designed to assess students' knowledge and skills obtained in these academic courses, competency in critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills.

WRMP 6400 — Hydrology and Irrigation Fundamentals 3(3-0)
This course is designed to introduce the social scientist to concepts basic to hydrology and irrigation. Fundamental characteristics of aquifers - tributary and non-tributary - are discussed along with their relevance for policy issues. Irrigation techniques and water use efficiency are discussed.

WRMP 6405 — Environmental and Natural Resource Policy 3(3-0)
This course provides an overview of the theoretical principles, public policy instruments and current practice involved in applying economic theory and models to problems associated with the management and conservation of natural and environmental systems.

WRMP 6410 - Natural Resource Management and Planning 3(3-0)
The course introduces the tools and concepts required for conducting benefit/cost analyses of actions that affect natural resources and the environment, as well as economic activity in regional economies. Attention is devoted primarily to economic and measurement tools relevant for such analyses, including techniques and methods for measuring market and non-market costs and benefits.

WRMP 6415 — Water Law and Legislation 3(3-0)
This course is designed to introduce students without a background in law to basic legal concepts that are of critical importance for the design and implementation of water policies. Included will be a review of all major court decisions concerning equitable apportionment and their relevance for contemporary water policy.

WRMP 6420 — Water Resources Policy Field Project 3(3-0)

The Professional  Project is  an  essential  component  of  the  student’s  work  in  the Water Resources  Management  and  Policy Concentration. The student is required to design and conduct research on a water-related issue/problem and to prepare a paper outlining the research project and the results of the research. The paper should be of sufficient quality for submission to a referred journal. In addition, the student must defend his/her research project (professional paper) to peers and a faculty committee.