Course descriptions

Universal Core

  • Administrative Theory (PUBL 6310)
    Strategies and techniques for managing public organizations from the perspectives of various administrative theories and organizational models. Case studies are used to apply the theory.
  • Fundamentals of policy analysis (PUBL 6313a  PUBL 6313b)
    How public policies are decided. Tools for policy decision making. Political, social, and legal determinants of public policy.
  • Public Finance (PUBL 6312)
    Effects of economic incentives on voters, government officials, economy and markets. Analysis of situations where private markets fail to be efficient. Applications to government policies at federal and local levels, including welfare, insurance, health care, policing, roads and Social Security. Analysis of tax system and interaction among federal, state, and local governments.
  • Quantitative Methods I (PUBL 6410)
    First semester of a two-semester sequence on quantitative methods commonly used in social science—Policy analysis and Public administration.

Administrative Track

  • Public administration and Policy Implementation (PUBL 6311)
    Explores ways in which political and organizational considerations constrain adoption and implementation of alternative public policies.
  • Budgeting for Public Agencies (PUBL 6342)
    This course provides an overview of public budgeting ideas, concepts and techniques. The purpose is to provide an understanding of public budgeting and a foundation for submitting and reviewing public budget proposals.
  • Decision Science in Public Policy (PUBL6415)
    Introducing Management Science approach to problem solving in order to support management, planning, decision making, and evaluation in the public and non-profit sector, including decision analysis, simulation, and forecasting.
  • Urban Management (PUBL 6350)
    Seminar on developing the knowledge base and skills needed to effectively manage in metropolitan area public organization

Policy Track

  • Quantitative Methods for Policy Research and Evaluation (PUBL 6316)
    Methods for evaluating public policies and programs. Topics include the design and analysis of experimental evaluation methods, advanced statistical methods useful in answering policy questions using non-experimental data, and the critical review of research claiming to answer causal policy questions.
  • Americans Institutions and policy (PUBL 6320)
    Theoretical and empirical issues in Americans institutions and policy.
  • Microeconomic Analysis (PUBL 6417)
    Fundamentals of market and individual choice analysis emphasizing empirical analysis in a business setting. Analysis of domestic and international markets and individual choice, including the theoretical study of the relationship w thin and between individuals, organizations, and the international economy.
  • Quantitative Methods II (PUBL 6411)
    Focus on the general linear model. Topics include multivariate regression, violations of model assumptions, alternative estimators, computer applications.


  • Seminar in Urban politics (PUBL 6321)
    How local government copes with social and economic problems in overlapping, metropolitan government environments, the complexity of urbanization, and other government agencies.
  • GIS for the Urban Environment (PUBL 6343)
    Introducing students the applications of geographic information system (GIS) for urban decision makers in the fields of urban geography, urban planning, public health, environmental assessment, hazard and emergency management.
  • Emergency Management (PUBL 6346)
  • Non-Profit Management (PUBL 6349)
    Introducing students to the principles of non-profit management, with an emphasis on 501(c)3 organizations.  This course is designed to facilitate an understanding of the management and leadership skills required to effectively organize, maintain, and grow non-profit organizations.
  • Healthcare Policy (PUBL 6395)
    Explores the role of government in organizing, financing and delivering healthcare in the U.S. including conflicting values involved in the distribution of healthcare; policy implications raised by social vs. private health insurance and government regulation vs. market-oriented solutions for social problems; and the political environment that shapes healthcare policy.