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Management Foundation Courses

MPA 501R Principles of Public Administration

The fundamentals of the field of Public Administration including organization and management concepts, and the political process. The origin, growth, and interrelationships in the public sector are discussed. This discussion falls within the broader context of public policy processes with special attention to the topics of bureaucracy and intergovernmental relations.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 502R Organization Theory and Behavior

An analysis of organizational theories with emphasis on the informal and formal aspects of the administrative process. Topics include individual behavior patterns, group dynamics, communication, motivation, decision-making, and leadership as they relate to the public health care sectors.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 503R Economic Environment and the Public Sector

An examination of the role of the public sector in economic decision-making. The nature of public goods is described as it relates to the allocation, stabilization, and distribution functions of the economic system. The role of private investment, relations between government and business, and the use of national income accounts are examined. Opposing views about the reasons, methods and institutions influencing governmental regulation, fiscal and monetary policy and action are presented.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 505R Analytical Methods

This course is an introduction to the methods, tools and uses of applied research. The course surveys basic data gathering, analytical concepts and techniques as they apply to administrative problems. Skills and issues related to research are also considered.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 507R The Policy Process in Health Care and Public Administration

This course is an analysis of the policy process in terms of the development and implementation of programs as they relate to the health care and public sectors. The impact of special interests is examined as an integral part of the process. A variety of timely subject/case studies are explored.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 550R Computer Applications

This course equips the student to use computerized data base management systems and statistical packages. The student gains hands-on experience with both microcomputers and mainframe computers. Among the packages used are SPSSX and other varied Data Base Management Systems.
Prerequisite: MPA 505R
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

Health Administration Core Courses: 9 Credits

HAD 602R Human Resources Administration in Health Care

An exploration of the theories and practices of personnel administration in health service organizations, merit systems, unionism, bureaucratic trends, personnel recruitment, testing, and performance evaluations. Other topics include equal employment opportunity, employee rights, and occupational safety.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 603R Foundations of Budgeting and Finance in Health Administration

A familiarization with the principles of budgeting and finance in the health sector. Topics include budgetary systems, methods, processes and cycles, preparation, justification. A survey of the various federal prospective payment systems and other current developments in reimbursement methods is presented.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 604R Administrative Responsibility & the Legal Environment in the Health Care Sector

Consideration of the authority and procedures utilized by health agencies in the administration of their affairs. Analysis of problems of accountability and the reconciliation of the administrative process with medical, political, social statutory and regulatory mandates.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

Public Administration Core Courses: 9 Credits

PAD 602R Human Resources Administration in the Public Sector

An exploration of the theories and practices of personnel administration in public sector including, merit systems, unionism, bureaucratic trends, personnel recruitment, testing, and performance evaluations. Other topics include equal employment opportunity, employee rights, and occupational safety.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

PAD 603R Foundations of Budgeting and Finance in Public Sector

A familiarization with the principles of budgeting and finance in the health sector. Topics include budgetary systems, methods, processes and cycles, preparation, justification. A survey of the various federal prospective payment systems and other current developments in reimbursement methods is presented.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

PAD 604R Administrative Responsibility & the Legal Environment in the Public Sector

Consideration of the authority and procedures utilized by health agencies in the administration of their affairs. Analysis of problems of accountability and the reconciliation of the administrative process with medical, political, social statutory and regulatory mandates.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

Elective Courses

MPA 701R Managerial Communication

Theory and practice in written and oral communication as applied to the public, health, and not-for-profit sectors. Report writing, memo writing, correspondence, and oral presentations.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 704 Intergovernmental Relations

This course is an analysis of the vertical and horizontal relationships of the national, state and local governments. Topics include the theory of federalism, intergovernmental cooperation and conflict, municipal, state and regional relationships.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 707R Training and Development

This course is devoted to the kinds of activities and problems encountered by an agency's director of training and development. Such items as the role of the training director in organizational development, the relationship with line managers, the relationship with the president, and the techniques of training are examined by case studies, lectures and outside speakers.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 708R Work, People and Productivity

This course is experiential. Activities demonstrate the perspectives and conflicts that arise at the various levels of organizations and suggest strategies for prevention and resolution. Students learn about their own management styles, how to maximize their own performance, and that of their employees, peers and supervisors. Role-playing, feedback exercises, effective supervision and evaluation techniques.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 710R Labor Relations in the Public Sector

This course examines the interaction of the labor movement with management in the political setting of government. This course also examines collective bargaining in relation to public bodies, and the impact of bargaining on a fiscal budget. Other policy processes as well as the role of the administration are covered and include strategies of bargaining and the role of public opinion.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 712R Managing Diversity in the Workplace

This course examines the role and function played by diversity, civil and human rights and administrative agencies at the federal, state and local levels. The course analyzes the government response to diversity issues. Topics include a review of current legislation and the respective agencies established to address the problems of discrimination.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 713R Grant Writing and Administration

In this highly experiential course, students locate available federal, state, local and foundation sources of funding for a specific project, write a letter proposal to a foundation or private sector organization, and follow-up with a full grant proposal, following the request for proposal (RFP) guidelines to a federal, state or local agency. Topics addressed include effective research, creating a plan for the program, elements of a good proposal, components of the proposal package and strategies for getting a proposal read by a foundation or corporation officer. Administration, evaluation and reporting functions, as well as accountability are described and discussed.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 777R Critical Issues in the Public and Private Sectors

This course reviews critical issues facing the public and private sectors and their interrelationship. Noted figures from the public and private sectors present the issues from their perspective.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 785R Independent Study

The student is expected to research one specific phase of a problem in considerable depth under the supervision of a faculty advisor, and to prepare a well-documented evaluative report expressing his/her own assessment of the impact and significance of both the problem and of one or more solutions.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

MPA 788R Graduate Internship in Administration

An opportunity for students without administrative experience to work in an organization based upon a plan approved by the head of the program and the agency. Students prepare a substantial research and/or analytical paper concerning their experience and participate in an Internship Seminar.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 701R Hospital Organization

Reviews the organization and management of hospitals within a regional context of primary care. While covering the elements of hospital structure and organization, there will be a focus on problem solving and the development of administrative skills.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 709R Legal Aspects in Health Administration

Application of legal principles to the health delivery system. Topics discussed include: hospital code; consents; patients' rights; admission and discharge of patients; malpractice; liability of hospitals, physicians and nurses; medical records; immunity of hospitals; medical staff rights and privileges; medical-moral problems relating to abortion, sterilization, and artificial insemination.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 710R Gerontology: Processes of Aging

A survey of gerontology including theories of aging, health, and physiological aspects of aging, psychological and psychiatric problems, family and sex roles of the aged, the middle years, retirement, and institutional placement in long-term care facilities.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 711R Long-Term Care Administration

Considers the unique organizational and administrative aspects of the various types of long-term facilities as distinct from acute-care hospitals. The course will include the special code requirements, Federal and local, pertinent to construction, administration, medical-nursing care, and other numerous therapeutic modalities required by the geriatric and convalescent patient.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

Note: When HAD 709, HAD 710, HAD 711, HAD 602, HAD 603 are taken as part of the total Health Care Administration curriculum, program graduates should meet the educational requirements for eligibility to take the State Board Examination for Nursing Home Administrator's license.


HAD 714R Planning and Marketing in Health Care Organizations

An analysis of the principles of the planning and marketing function in the health care organization. Studies the methods by which institutions evaluate and control opportunities to achieve goals and objectives in a highly competitive and resource restrained health care environment with both free market and regulated market characteristics.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 723R Economic of Health

The course offers the perspective of health care delivery viewed as an economic activity. Determinants of demand for health services are analyzed, supply of health resources is examined, and the various approaches to bringing the two into equilibrium are considered. Attention is also given to public involvement in health services in the form of licensure, regulation, financing and planning.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 724R Managed Care Administration

An analysis of the various modalities and the significance, direction, and current status of managed care as an expanding organizational component of the health care delivery system. Studies organizational models, compensation problems, contracting, quality management, marketing, legal issues and relations with various groups, such as, patients, physicians, governmental and business clients.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 725R Financial Management of Health Care Institutions

The description and analysis of financial issues on an institutional level are explored. Topics include third-party payment systems, managed care financial planning and contracting, methods of financing and allocation of funds, cash flow and fiscal management, systems of cost control and financial decision making.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

HAD 780R Current Issues in Health Administration

A special topics course exploring selected themes, current developments, and emerging issues in health administration.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

PAD 725R Government Regulation of Land Use

This course examines various forms of governmental power (zoning, eminent domain, urban renewal) to regulate the use of land.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

PAD 748R Managing Metropolitan Government

This course examines the politics of changing constituencies and their impact on community participation and city management. This course surveys the management and organization of American metropolitan areas.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

PAD 780R Current Issues in Public Administration

This course is a special topic course exploring selected themes, current developments and emerging issues.
Offered on rotation, 3 credits.

Capstone Courses

HAD/PAD 707R-708R Thesis Research Consultation and Thesis in Health Administration or Public Administration

In the first semester, the student will undertake an advanced study of the methods of research and the analytical and presentation techniques employed in the discipline of Health or Public Administration, together with the preparation of a master's thesis proposal and outline of the thesis. The second semester is spent in the actual writing of the thesis.
Offered on rotation, 6 credits.