Elective Courses for Master’s in Public Administration Degree Program

Online MPA Course Electives

MPA 502 Economics in the Public Sector
This course provides an overview of the general study of economics and the role of the government in an economy. Economics is a social science that focuses on how people (both individually and in a group) use resources in the presence of scarcity. Economists are also concerned with the distributional aspects of resources and the ramifications of resource use. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize the student with basic economic concepts and theories that have been developed to explain economic issues that are faced, decisions that are made, and policies that are implemented.

MPA 521 Management in Nonprofit Organizations
As more programs are operated by nonprofit organizations, public managers must understand the "third sector." This course provides an overview of the history, structure, and role of the nonprofit sector, including how nonprofit agencies differ from public and for-profit entities in mission, governance, funding, and staffing, and will consider current issues facing the nonprofit sector.

MPA 616 Global Issues in Public Administration
This course guides students through an over- view of the challenges of managing public and not-for-profit organizations, which are staffed with a diverse workforce and subject to cultural and political influences beyond their obvious scope of responsibility. The course then builds on students' understanding of diversity issues, integrating them with administrative theory, as we examine ethical situations and decisions public administrators face in an increasingly globalized work environment.

MPA 681 US Health Care Policies and Systems
US Health Care Policies and Systems is an introduction to health care delivery systems and the policy environment they operate in, with emphasis on the American system of health care and its major issues and challenges. The course explores the dynamics of administration in health care institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory care facilities, and the policy issues and controversies that shape the delivery of health care.

MPA 682 Ethical/Legal Issues in Health Care
Ethical/Legal Issues in Health Care provides the student with a fundamental knowledge of the legal system as it relates to health care institutions. The course then builds on the student's understanding of the legal system to integrate it with administrative theory as ethical situations and decisions unique to health care administration and to the health care industry are examined.

MPA 683 Critical Issues in Health Care
Critical Issues in Health care covers topics of contemporary and controversial nature, focusing on topics such as the implementation of health care policy and the ongoing challenges of balancing margin v. mission decisions while working to ensure the long term viability of an organization. It actively integrates historical information on health care issues with current topics under discussion in that week's news outlets. Once it helps the student develop an understanding of contemporary health care debate, it also provides tools and tactics for influencing the debate on a personal and system level.

MPA 685 Negotiations and Conflict Management
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of interpersonal bargaining. The course will examines types of bargaining strategies, planning for negotiations, how to handle negotiation breakdowns, communications, power, persuasion, and ethics in negotiations, as well as international dimensions of bargaining. The pedagogical approach will largely be through experiential learning exercises based on weekly readings. Evaluations of student efforts will be based upon self-reflections, self-assessment, and personal portfolio construction, as well as in-class performance in negotiation sessions and debriefing discussions.

MPA 688 Ethical Management of Organizations
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of ethics. Students will examine ethical frameworks as they relate to busi- ness, the environment, the consumer, and the individual with an organization. Students will learn to apply these frameworks using moral decision-making techniques to real world case studies. The class will offer students practical tools to help them recognize and address challenging ethical decisions.

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