College of Professional Studies

Graduate Course Descriptions

Graduate Course Descriptions

PPOL 50200 Public Management
PPOL 50400 Public Organizations
PPOL 50600 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making
PPOL 50900 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector
PPOL 51200 Public Policy Process
PPOL 51700 Managerial Epidemiology
PPOL 52100 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
PPOL 52500 Management in the Nonprofit Sector
PPOL 53900 Management Science for Public Affairs
PPOL 54000 Law and Public Affairs
PPOL 54300 Health Services Management
PPOL 54500 The U.S. Healthcare System
PPOL 54600 Health Services Utilization
PPOL 55000 Topics in Public Affairs
PPOL 55700 Proposal Development and Grant Administration
PPOL 55800 Fund Development for Nonprofits
PPOL 56000 Public Finance and Budgeting
PPOL 56100 Public Human Resources Management
PPOL 56200 Public Program Evaluation
PPOL 56600 Executive Leadership
PPOL 58000 Readings in Public Affairs
PPOL 58500 Practicum in Public Affairs
PPOL 59000 Research in Public Affairs
PPOL 60000 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs

PPOL 50200 Public Management  3 cr.

Analysis of concepts, methods, and procedures involved in managing public organizations. Problems of organization, planning, decision making, performance evaluation, and the management of human resources are considered. Cases are drawn from a variety of public services at federal, state, and local levels of government.

PPOL 50400 Public Organizations  3 cr.

This course focuses on the behavior and theory of public organizations in four areas: (1) individuals and groups in public organizations, (2) the design of public organizations, (3) organizational environment relations, and (4) interorganizational relations.

PPOL 50600 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making 3 cr.

Noncalculus survey of concepts in probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Applications of contingency table analysis; analysis of variance, regression, and other statistical techniques. Computer processing of data emphasized.

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PPOL 50900 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector 3 cr.

Ethical conduct in the public sector is examined. Topics covered could include personal ethical responsibility, deception, corruption, codes of ethics, policy-making, morality, politics, and whistle blowing. Case studies and media material will be used to illustrate these and other issues affecting the workplace.

PPOL 51200 Public Policy Process 3 cr.

An examination of the role of public affairs professionals in policy processes. Focuses on relationships with political actors in various policy areas.

PPOL 51700 Managerial Epidemiology  3 cr.

Examines general epidemiologic methods such as population descriptive techniques, use of health indicators, and secondary data sources. Includes design, administration, and analysis of observational and experimental studies. Emphasis will be on the use of epidemiologic techniques to assess community health, determine community risk factors, and evaluate community-based programs.

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PPOL 52100 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.

PPOL 52500 Management in the Nonprofit Sector

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.

PPOL 53900 Management Science for Public Affairs 3 cr.

Focus on management science methods as applied to public affairs. Includes treatment of decision theory, constrained optimization, and probability simulation. Prerequisite: 50600

PPOL 54000 Law and Public Affairs 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 the law, including regulatory processes, administrative adjudication, the Administrative Procedures Act, ombudsmen, and citizen rights, among others.

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PPOL 54300 Health Services Management  3 cr.

A course that integrates 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 healthcare delivery settings.

PPOL 54500 The U.S. Healthcare System 3 cr.

An analysis of delivery of healthcare in the United States from 1900 to the present. Major system components are defined and studied with emphasis on current healthcare policy. Topics include the organization of healthcare delivery on federal, state, and local levels in both public and private sectors.

PPOL 54600 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 use are studied, along with social change and control strategies. Special emphasis is given to power and the definition of power in the system.

PPOL 55000 Topics in Public Affairs 3 cr. (variable title)

Selected research and discussion topics organized on a semester-by- semester basis, usually with significant student input in the course design.  Variable title. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

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PPOL 55700 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 provide students with practical knowledge for writing successful proposals.

PPOL 55800 Fund Development for Nonprofits 3 cr.

Important aspects of the fund raising process in nonprofit organizations are covered, including techniques and strategies for assessing potential sources of support; effective use of human resources; process management; theory to underlay practice; analysis of current practice; practice standards; and discussion of ethical problems.

PPOL 56000 Public Finance and Budgeting 3 cr.

The fiscal role of government in a mixed economy; sources of public revenue and credit; administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budget and the budgetary process; problems and trends in intergovernmental fiscal relations.

PPOL 56100 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.

PPOL 56200 Public Program Evaluation 3 cr.

Examination of how the programs of public agencies are 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.

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PPOL 56600 Executive Leadership 3 cr.

The course offers an in-depth examination of factors that contribute to successful executive leadership practice in a wide 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.

PPOL 58000 Readings in Public Affairs 3 cr.

Readings on selected topics in public affairs.
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.

PPOL 58500 Practicum in Public Affairs 3 cr.

Students hold work assignments with public agencies.
Pass/Not Pass grading.

PPOL 59000 Research in Public Affairs 3 cr.

Readings on selected topics in public affairs.
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.

PPOL 60000 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs 3 cr.

Interdisciplinary course designed to give students exposure to the realities of the policy process through detailed analyses of case studies and projects. Course integrates science, technology, policy, and management.

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