Department of Public Administration and Health Management

Public Administration Concentration

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (BSPA) degree can continue their education in law, planning, policy analysis, or business administration. For those who choose immediate employment, the degree is flexible enough to provide the necessary background to begin a career in the public or nonprofit sector. 


The BSPA requires 120 credit hours and includes four main areas: (1) general education, (2) required core courses, (3) required courses in the concentration area, and (4) general electives.


Indiana University Kokomo requires all students to complete the campus general education curriculum which is typically 42-44 credit hours. Many of the BSPA requirements also satisfy general education requirements. All general education courses in the BSPA major must be completed with a C or better. Graduates of the BSPA program must fulfill all of the General Education requirements as passed by the Faculty Senate. These general education requirements are effective for Fall 2018 admitted students. Students are encouraged to work closely with an undergraduate academic advisor. More details regarding the campus general education requirements can be found elsewhere in the bulletin.


Students must have a C or higher in the core and concentration/minor courses. Some courses are only offered in the fall or in the spring and some only every other year. Please work with an advisor to create your schedule.

  • PAHM-V 171 Introduction to Public Administration (prerequisite for all PAHM courses)
  • PAHM-V 263 Public Management
  • PAHM-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets
  • PAHM-V 373 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
  • PAHM-V 376 Law and Public Policy
  • PAHM-V 378 Public Policy Process in the US
  • PAHM-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • PAHM-V 443 Managing Workforce Diversity 
  • PAHM-V 380 Internship in Public Affairs  or  PAHM-H365 Health Administration Practicum

REQUIRED COURSES IN THE MAJOR (27 credit hours/9 courses)

SIX (6) courses from the following, chosen in consultation with PAHM undergraduate advisor

  • PAHM-V 346 Introduction to Government Accounting & Financial Reporting
  • PAHM-V 366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations
  • PAHM-V 370 Research Methods and Statistics
  • PAHM-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process
  • PAHM-V 444 Public Administrative Organization
  • PAHM-V 460 Intergovernmental Relations


THREE (3) courses from the following, chosen in consultation with PAHM undergraduate advisor  

  • PAHM-V 221 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
  • PAHM-V 264 Urban Structure and Policy
  • PAHM-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • PAHM-V 368 Managing Government Operations
  • PAHM-V 386 Case Study for Policy Analysis
  • PAHM-V 412 Leadership and Ethics
  • PAHM-V 473 Management, Leadership, and Policy

ADDITIONAL elective courses to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation.

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