Department of Public Administration and Health Management

Graduate Courses

  • PAHM-V 502 Public Management (3 cr.) Analysis of concepts, methods, and procedures involved in managing public organizations. Problems of organization, planning, decision making, performance evaluation, and management of human resources are considered. Cases are drawn from a variety of public services found at federal, state, and local levels of government.
  • PAHM-V 504 Public Organizations (3 cr.) This course focuses on the behavior and theory of public organizations in four areas: (1) individual and groups in public organizations; (2) the design of public organizations; (3) organization environment relations, and (4) inter organizational relations.
  • PAHM-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.) Non-calculus survey of concepts in probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Applications of contingency table analysis and analysis of variance, regression, processing of data emphasized.
  • PAHM-V 509 Administrative Ethics in Public Sector (3 cr.) Ethical conduct in the public sector is examined. Topics covered could include personal ethical responsibility, deception, corruption, code of ethics, policy making, morality, politics, and whistle bowling. Case studies and media materials will be used to illustrate these and other such issues affecting the workplace.
  • PAHM-V 517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.) This course focuses on applications of the principles and concepts of intermediate microeconomic theory and managerial economics to public-sector management decisions and policy analysis. The course utilizes case studies with the goal of giving students opportunities to recognize the economic dimensions inherent in the public policy problems and to develop an analytical problem solving orientation.
  • PAHM-V 520 Environmental Policy Analysis (3 cr.) The interrelationships among social, technical, and natural systems. Theories of growth. Causes and implications of environmental problems. Alternative policies and mechanisms for environmental control and bases of choice.
  • PAHM-V 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.) The theory, size, scope, and functions of the nonprofit and voluntary sector are covered from multiple disciplinary perspectives including historical, political, economic, and social.
  • PAHM-V 524 Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.) An exploration of state-society relationship in a variety of regimes and time periods. Focus on ways regimes’ policies affect the existence and contribution of those nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations that stand between the individual and the state; how nonprofit organizations shape the policy agenda of a regime.
  • PAHM-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.) P: PAHM-V 521. An examination of nonprofit organizations and their role in society. Management issues and public policy affecting these organizations are discussed. Primary emphasis is upon U.S. organizations, but attention is given to the global nature of the sector.
  • PAHM-V 540 Law and Public Policy (3 cr.) Explanation of law in society and its influence on public-sector operations. Examination of some of the central substantive areas of the study of law, including regulatory processes, administrative adjudication, the Administrative Procedures Act, ombudsmen, and citizens’ rights, among others.
  • PAHM-V 543 Health Services Management (3 cr.) A course that integrate theory and application with respect to management of health service organizations. Emphasis on the role of managers and management within formal health service organizations. Current management and organization theories are applied to an understanding of health care delivery settings.
  • PAHM-V 545 The U.S. Health Care System (3 cr.) An analysis of the delivery of health care in the United States from 1900 to the present. Major system components are defined and studied with emphasis on current health care policy. Topic includes the organization of health care delivery on federal, state, and local levels, in both public and private sectors.
  • PAHM-V 546 Health Services Utilization (3 cr.) An examination of problems of access to health care and the utilization of health services. The social political, and individual factors associated with utilization are studied, along with social change and control strategies. Special emphasis is given to power and the definition of power in the system.
  • PAHM-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs (3 cr.) Selected research and discussion topics organized on a semester-by-semester basis usually with significant student input in the course design.
  • PAHM-V 557 Proposal Development and Grant Administration (3 cr.) This course provides the opportunity for each student to develop a complete proposal through participation in the entire grant application process. The integration of case studies, visual media, printed materials, and class discussions provides students with practical knowledge for writing successful proposals.
  • PAHM-V 560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.) The fiscal role of government in a mixed economy; sources of public revenue and credit; administrative, political revenue and credit; administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budget and the budgetary process; problems and trends in intergovernmental fiscal relations.
  • PAHM-V 561 Public Human Resources Management (3 cr.) Analysis of the structure, operations, and design of public personnel systems, including government agencies and public enterprise. Relationships between public policy and personnel concepts, values, and operations considered.
  • PAHM-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.) Examination of how the program of public agencies is proposed, established, operated, and evaluated. Discussion of the role and conduct of research in the program evaluation process. In addition, techniques of effective evaluation and analysis are discussed.
  • PAHM-V 566 Executive Leadership (3 cr.) The course offers an in-depth examination of factors that contribute to successful executive leadership practices in a variety of organizational settings. Topics include what leadership is, what impact leadership has, and how leaders use various approaches and powers to achieve their goals.
  • PAHM-V 585 Practicum in Public Affairs (1-6 cr.) Students hold work assignments with public agencies. Grading is on an S/F basis.
  • PAHM-V 681 Seminar in Development Policy and Management (3 cr.) This course explores linkages among policy analysis, management models, programs, and outcomes in a variety of development efforts in the less-developed countries. The primary focus is on empirical analysis of developing countries, with some attention to U.S domestic ventures.

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