HEALTH CARE & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

M.P.A. in Public Administration


The Master of Public Administration degree, with a specialization in Public Administration, prepares you for a wide range of managerial and leadership positions in local, state and national government. This 42-credit program examines both practical and theoretical problems and challenges in the field, provides opportunities to improve your administrative skills, and prepare for increasing levels of responsibility and management in public service.

The required foundation courses include “Principles of Public Administration,” “Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector,” “Computer-based Management Systems” and “The Policy Process in Health Care and Public Administration.”

In the Advanced Core Curriculum you will explore various aspects of public sector administration, including courses like “Human Resource Administration,” “Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance,” and “Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment.” Nine credits of electives and a thesis complete this comprehensive course of study. Students matriculating on a full-time basis can complete this program in just over two years. All MPA courses meet in-person on the LIU Post campus, and are available on both evenings and weekends.

The M.P.A. degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

The M.P.A. program at LIU Post prepares students for service in executive and managerial-level positions public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Our graduates are currently serving in the hospitals and health care practices; local and national nonprofits; and local, state, and federal government positions. Additional detail on the sectors, organizations, and titles of our M.P.A. program graduates is available here.

Information on the cost of the MPA Program is available here.

Both pre-service and in-service students in the MPA Program have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through internships in public, health care, and nonprofit organizations. Past interns have worked in a variety of organizations on Long Island and in New York City.

Master of Public Administration Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at LIU Post is to prepare leaders for service in public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Primarily focusing on Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area, the MPA Program will emphasize the complexities and unique challenges of service delivery in these sectors and the training of skilled and creative pre-service and mid-career leaders. Embracing the broader mission of Long Island University, the MPA Program will meet this purpose in an inclusive environment that encourages access and excellence for a diverse student population. Mirroring the globalization of public, nonprofit, and health care services, the MPA Program will draw students from both domestic and international populations. The MPA Program will cultivate principled practitioners who are intently focused on values of effectiveness; efficiency and responsible use of resources; equity and fairness; accountability; and engagement with and respect for diverse constituencies. In support of the MPA Program mission, faculty members will engage in scholarly research and community and professional service aimed at advancing knowledge in the field of administration and effecting positive change in public, health care, and nonprofit services.




Major Requirements

Course #

Course Name  

Credits

REQUIRED MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION  COURSES
(ALL OF THE FOLLOWING)

ADM 501

Principles of Public Administration

3

ADM 502

Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Health and Public Sectors

3

ADM 505

Analytical Methods

3

ADM 507

The Policy Process in Healthcare and Public Administration

3

ADM 701

Managerial Communications

3

REQUIRED PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE SEMINAR COURSES

ADM 707

Thesis Research Consultation

3

ADM 708

Thesis

3

REQUIRED ADVANCED CORE COURSES

CONCENTRATION: GENERAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

(ALL OF THE FOLLOWING)

PAD 602

Human Resource Administration in the Public Sector

3

PAD 603

Foundations of Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector

3

PAD 604

Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment in the Public Sector

3

REQUIRED ELECTIVE GENERAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION COURSES

(TWO OF THE FOLLOWING)

ADM 706

Work, People and Productivity

3

ADM 712

Managing Workplace Diversity

3

ADM 713

Grant Writing and Administration

3

ADM 777

Critical Issues in Public Administration

3

ADM 788

Graduate Internship

3

PAD 712

Environmental Law and Administration

3

PAD 715

Environmental Pollution

3

PAD 716

Coastal Zone Management

3

PAD 725

Governmental Regulation of Land Use

3

PAD 729

Environmental Planning

3

PAD 748

Managing Metropolitan Government

3

PAD 780

Current Issues in Public Administration

3


REQUIRED MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION  COURSES
(ALL OF THE FOLLOWING) 

ADM 501 

Principles of Administration 

3

ADM 502

Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector 

3

ADM 505

Analytical Methods 

3

ADM 507 

The Policy Process in Healthcare and Public Administration 

3

ADM 701 

Managerial Communications 

3

MPA 602

Human Resource Management for Nonprofit and Public Organizations 

3

MPA 603 

Financial Management in Nonprofit and Public Organizations 

3

MPA 604 

Legal, Ethical and Governance Issues in Nonprofit and Public Organizations 

3

MPA 707 

Thesis Research Consultation 

3

MPA 708 

Thesis 

3

Courses


PAD 602 Human Resource Administration in the Public Sector

This course is an exploration of the theories and practices of human resource administration in the public sector, including the merit system, civil service and unionism. Bureaucratic trends, personnel, recruitment, testing, and performance evaluation are discussed. Other topics include equal employment opportunity, employee rights and occupational safety.
Credits: 3
Annually


PAD 603 Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector
This course familiarizes the student with the principles of budgeting, accounting and auditing in the public sector. Topics include budgetary systems, methods, processes and cycles, preparation and justification of financial information.
Credits: 3
Annually


PAD 604 Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment in the Public Sector
This course considers the authority and procedures utilized by government agencies in the administration of public affairs. It includes the analysis of problems of accountability and the reconciliation of the administrative process with constitutional, statutory, and regulatory mandates.
Credits: 3
Annually


PAD 712 Environmental Law and Administration 
This course is an analysis of federal, state and local government laws and regulations concerning the environment. Political and administrative problems concerning the implementation of such legislation, regulatory approaches, subsidies, and other governmental alternatives are examined. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 


PAD 714 Seminar in the Politics of Environmental Control 
This course is an investigation of problems in the politics of environmental control, including: air, water and noise pollution; regional planning; transportation; population growth; and conservation of natural resources. Field studies in this area are included. Students produce research papers on different aspects of the man-environment relationship. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 


PAD 715 Environmental Pollution 
This course is a comprehensive review of the origin, detection, and control of pollutants in the surface and ground waters, atmospheres and terrestrial environments. Auditory and visual pollution are included. Conventional and advanced technologies are covered for water supply and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, and solid waste management. Federal, state and local environmental standards are reviewed along with regulatory structures. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 


PAD 716 Coastal Zone Management 
The course deals with the following: techniques for mapping coastal resources; wetland zoning problems; causes, consequences, and management of storm waters and their runoffs; and erosion problems and their impact. Field work involves projects on such issues as Long Island coastal watershed mapping and the development of management guidelines; and the surveying of Long Island wetland resources and the preparation of management recommendations. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 


PAD 717 Environmental Impact Analysis 
This course reviews federal and state laws specifying environmental impact statements, procedural elements, and means of compliance. The techniques for the evaluation of primary and secondary impact on all components of the natural and human environments with methods for mitigating significant adverse impact are discussed. Environmental ecosystems, water and air quality, noise, esthetics, historic/archaeological considerations, transportation, population and land use are covered. 
Credits: 3
On Occasion 

PAD 723 Regional Planning Process 
This course is an examination of the regional planning process with emphasis on zoning, economic development and environmental concerns. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 


PAD 725 Governmental Regulation of Land Use 
This course examines various forms of governmental power such as zoning, eminent domain, and urban renewal to regulate the use of land. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion


PAD 729 Environmental Planning 
This is a survey course exploring the development, utilization and maintenance of natural and manmade resources. The planning function and its relationship to the environment are covered. Problems of air and water pollution, sewage, energy conservation, and noise levels are examined as they relate to planning. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 


PAD 734 Administration in Local Government 
This course is a detailed examination of local governments with emphasis on village, town and municipal organizations as well as special districts and public authorities. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 

PAD 748 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 U.S. metropolitan areas. 
Credits: 3 
On Occasion 


PAD 780 Current Issues in Public Administration
This course is a special topic course exploring selected themes, current developments and emerging issues in public administration. 
Credits: 3
On occasion



IRD 7 Political Aspects of Economics
This course is an examination of the political aspects of economic institutions and processes with particular attention to the relationship of governments and markets on the domestic and international levels.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 15 Research Methods International Relations
This course will provide students with a broad overview of IRD research. Topics to be covered include: general principles of theory, and concepts; research design, variables and hypotheses, citations and reference; international news sources and polling data; primary sources and repositories for diplomatic documents; a basic understanding of regression analysis; and the ability to create a research or policy paper as well as research reports.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 31 Espionage and Intelligence
This course surveys the history and activities of American espionage and intelligence communities. Topics to be covered include tools of the trade, cryptography, spies in literature and Hollywood, celebrated real-life spies, covert military operations, foreign intelligence agencies, the evolution of the CIA, intelligence reform and congressional oversight, homeland security, and high-tech sleuthing in the 21st century.
Credits: 3
Every Fall



IRD 34 US as a World Power
A Cold War history of U.S. Foreign Policy, examining the aftermath of World War II and America¿s new role as a global superpower. Topics to be studied include new institutional apparatus in diplomacy, containment theory and policy, Cold War crises under Truman, Eisenhower¿s ¿waging peace,¿ the Vietnam War, 1970s détente, Reagan¿s diplomacy with the Soviet Union, and the Cold War¿s conclusion.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 35 History of the US Presidency
A history of the presidency, from its creation to the early twentieth century, which will cover great presidents, failures, and those in-between. Topics will include domestic and foreign policies, wars, achievements, blunders, and scandals. We will also examine presidents¿ personalities, speaking styles, and health crises.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 41 International Economics
This course examines the economic aspects of globalization. Attention is paid to international trade in goods and services, international flows of capital (through international lending and borrowing), and migration. Topics include trade theory, tariffs, and other protectionist policies, trade agreements between nations, the World Trade Organization, balance of payments, exchange rates, and the European Monetary Union.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 45 US National Security
This course evaluates the area of U.S. national security with emphasis on military and strategic problems during the Cold War and Post-Cold War eras; defense policy-making; conventional and nuclear dimensions of defense issues; and strategic interests of the United States around the world.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 46 American Foreign Policy I
This course covers the continuity and change in American foreign policy goals, strategies, and tactics from the 18th century to World War II. Particular attention is devoted to constitutional issues and the decision-making process.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 50 International Organizations
A study of the origins, role, structure and function of international institutions essential to an understanding of the global system and its attempts at organization. Possible areas of study include the United Nations, the European Union, and World Trade Organizations.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 51 International Relations
This course considers the development and characteristics of relations among states, national policy, sources of strength and weaknesses in the policies of states, actual and potential importance of areas of the world in determining the course of world events. Must be taken by all Political Science majors. This course fulfills the Power, Institutions, and Structures thematic cluster requirement in the core curriculum.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 53 International Law I
This course is a study of the concepts of sovereignty and the international community and the development of international organizations from ancient times to the creation of the United Nations.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 56 World Affairs since 1945
This course studies the impact of World War II upon the state system, the cold war and the development of bipolar international politics, the United Nations as an instrument for international order and security, the decline of the colonial system and the emergence of new states, development of the People's Republic of China and Western Europe as new power centers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 60 Engaged Citizenship: Applications of Democracy, Service, and the Pursuit of Happiness
This course focuses on the theory and practice of democracy, service, and the pursuit of happiness towards a fulfilling and flourishing life. Topics include democracy, citizenship, current events, critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, service-learning, and the science of happiness.
Credits: 3
Every Fall



IRD 61 Modern China: Political Doctrines and Society
The influence of political thought on societal change in modern China from the late Imperial Period to the present is examined.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 62 Research Seminar - International Relations
This course will provide students with a broad overview of IRD research and current international challenges, conflicts and historial solutions. Topics to be covered include: general principles of theory, and concepts; research design, variables and hypotheses, citations and reference; statistics and statistical analysis; international news sources and polling data; primary sources and repositories for diplomatic documents; a basic understanding of regression analysis; and the ability to create a research or policy paper as well as research reports.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 64 World Leaders and Foreign Policy
This course will provide students with a broad overview of IRD research. Topics to be covered include: general principles of theory, and concepts; research design, variables and hypotheses, citations and reference; statistics and statistical analysis; international news sources and polling data; primary sources and repositories for diplomatic documents; a basic understanding of regression analysis; aThis course will provide students with an overview of world leaders and foreign policy. Topics to be covered will be a historical overview of leadership, G-7 and G-20 summits, the relations between U.S. presidents and foreign allies/adversaries, diplomatic treaties and quarrels, the memoirs of foreign leaders, the role of personal diplomacy, and definitions of power, leadership and international relations policy.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 65 Politics of the European Union
This course covers the history, institutions and selected policies of the European Union.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 66 Politics of South and Southeast Asia
This course cover political developments in South and Southeast Asia in the 20th century such as: colonialism and the nationalist revolts, new governments their problems and politics, conflicts of interest of the great powers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 67 Politics of East Asia
This course is an examination of the political institutions and processes of China, Japan, and Korea.
Credits: 3
On Occasion



IRD 68 Politics of Western Europe
This course covers internal government structures, principles and practices of leading Western European powers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 69 Politics of Eastern Europe
This course covers internal government structures, principles and practices of leading Eastern European powers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 70 Politics of the Middle East
This course covers internal government structures, principles and practices of selected countries in the Middle East.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 71 Politics of Russia
his course is an analysis of the institutions, processes and theoretical foundations of government and politics from the Imperial period to the present.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 72 Politics of Africa
This course covers the internal government structures, principles and practices of selected countries in Africa.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 73 Politics of Latin America
This course covers the internal structures, principles and practices of leading Latin American countries.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 91 Diplomacy and Negotiation
This course provides an introduction to the core concepts, processes, and techniques of diplomacy and negotiation. The course focuses on the role of diplomacy by individuals and governments (Track 1 diplomacy) and other types of diplomacy (Track II and III diplomacy).
Credits: 3
Annually



IRD 94 Advanced Internship
Placement with a public or private entity within the domestic or international environment provides direct experience in politics and/or law.
Credits: 3
Not Set



CONTACT

School of Health Professions and Nursing
Dr. Denise Walsh, Dean
Life Science, Room 154
post-shpn@liu.edu