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Course descriptions

MPA Core


  • 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.
  • 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)
    Course focuses on the concepts of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The student will learn about the relationships between federal, state and local agencies in a disaster, as well as explore the social, political and economic implications of disasters.
  • 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 6347)
    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.
  • Administrative Law (PUBL 6398)
    Students will Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions regarding federal, state, and local administrative law.