Curriculum

Here is a complete listing of all MPA courses. Click on the individual class link for a full description.
Required Core MPA Courses (taken before electives)
PAF 9100 Introduction to Public Affairs
3 hours; 3 credits
The course is an introduction to politics, government, and public policy in the U.S. It provides a rigorous, scholarly, yet practical view of governmental institutions, policy making, administration, and contemporary public policy. Attention is given to the role of governmental and nongovernmental actors, as well as the influence of history, culture, public opinion, and political economy. Students develop skills in thinking critically and writing clearly about issues of public importance.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9103 Communication in Public Settings
3 hours; 3 credits
Introduces students to communication in public settings and provides extensive opportunities for practice with basic written and oral forms. Interrelationships among communicative activities and organizational goals. Internal and external messages are given equal weight. Argumentative structures necessary for constructing sound policy and persuasive techniques relevant to funding, regulation, client, and public constituencies. Topics will vary somewhat from semester to semester depending on the instructor's and students' interests. The course follows a workshop/laboratory format with intensive attention to student work as a fulcrum for the application of theory and refinement of skills.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management I
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques for managing government and not-for-profit agencies, including schools. This course focuses on structural models; individual behavior, including group dynamics and leadership; effective use and management of human resources; and political and cultural frameworks. Questions of effectiveness, responsibility, and professional relations are considered.
PAF 9130 Economic Analysis and Public Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
Introduction to concepts and analytic tools necessary to economic examination of individual and firm behavior; analysis of causes and consequences of public sector intervention in the economy.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9140 Budgeting and Financial Analysis I
3 hours; 3 credits
This course focuses on the budget cycle and budget decision-making. It includes tools for developing, implementing, and controlling a budget within a, typically, public organization. Topics include development of operating budgets, cash budgets, break-even analysis, cost behavior, the time value of money, capital budgeting, long-term financing, and variance analysis. Basic budget accounting concepts are studied. The course includes development of spreadsheet skills for budgeting.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9170 Research and Analysis I
3 hours; 3 credits
The first course in a two-course sequence (the second course is PAF 9172) that provides an introduction to research and analytical methods as applied to public policy and management. Students will develop expertise as consumers of research findings and learn methods for designing and conducting research. This first course provides an introduction to data analysis and statistical inference, with an emphasis on policy and management applications. Topics include graphing and numerical summaries, normal distributions, descriptive correlation and regression, basic probability and sampling distributions, confidence intervals, significance tests, chi-square tests, and inference for regression. Students learn these techniques through hands-on work with real data and statistical software.
Prerequisite: Not open to students who have completed PAF 9317
PAF 9172 Research and Analysis II
3 hours; 3 credits
The second course in a two-course sequence (the first course is PAF 9170) that provides an introduction to research and analytical methods as applied to public policy and management. Students will develop expertise as consumers of research findings and learn basic methods for designing and conducting research. Topics include the use of theory or models, identifying causes, experiments and quasi-experiments, the logic of control variables and the interpretation of multiple regression, measurement concepts and methods, qualitative methods, and complex sampling. The emphasis is on learning these ideas through practice with many different examples of real-world research and empirical evidence.
Prerequisite: PAF 9170 or permission of instructor
PAF 9190 Public Affairs Capstone Seminar (taken in the last semester)
Advanced seminar in which students produce a semester project drawing from the full course of study toward the Masters of Public Administration. The project may involve policy research, intensive study of an organization, development of a rationale for new or changed service programs, or some combination of these. Special attention is placed on incorporating knowledge from the core curriculum.
Prerequisites: PAF 9100 & 9103 & 9120 & 9130 & 9140 & 9170 & 9172

MPA Internship/Fellowship Courses

PAF 9191 Mentorship in Public Affairs (open only to NUF students)

20 hours per week for 14 weeks or 35 hours per week for 8 weeks; 3 credits
The completion of a mentorship assignment is a part of the National Urban Fellows program. Open only to students in the National Urban Fellows program. A pass/no-credit grade is assigned.
Prerequisite: none

PAF 9192 Public Affairs Fellowship (6 credits for MPA and HEA in DC program only)
6 hours; 6 credits
This full-time internship is designed to allow students enrolled in specified MPA programs to have a more comprehensive and intensive policy and administrative experience. In addition to work at the internship site, students will be expected to keep journal records of their work, meet regularly with the course director in person or via distance learning, and submit a written summation of their experience at the conclusion of the course.
Prerequisite: Not open to students who have completed PAF 9191, PAF 9195, or PAF 9322
PAF 9195 Public Affairs Internship
This course provides students with real-world administrative experience in a public or nonprofit organization. It is required for Masters of Public Administration (MPA) students without at least one year of public administration work experience.
It may be used as an elective course for students with a public administration work history. The work assignment requires 150 hours. Class sessions are determined by the instructor. The course is graded on a pass/no-credit basis. The internship pass/no-credit selection does not preclude the completion of another MPA elective course for pass/no-credit. PAF 9195 may be repeated, but only with the permission of the instructor and the Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs. It is not open to students who have completed PAF 9191, PAF 9192, or PAF 9322
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PAF 9198 Public Affairs Workshop
15 class hours (total over the semester, offered in three intensive class sessions); 1 credit
This one-credit course provides focused training in a range of public policy and public or nonprofit management topics. Offered at several points during the semester, the workshop will be taught by external practitioners and/or Baruch faculty with special expertise in the subject matter. Sample topics include Total Quality Management, Board Relations for Nonprofits, Proposal Writing, Media Relations, and Building an Agency Budget. The workshop format includes: (1) assignment of readings and other materials, mailed to students 2-3 weeks prior to the initial class, (2) an all-day Saturday meeting, followed by two to three weeks to work on written assignments, (3) a second all-day Saturday session, and (4) a final assignment completed after the second Saturday session and mailed or e-mailed to the instructor.
Prerequisite: Open to all Public Affairs graduate students; Students may take the workshop up to three times, with the permission of their advisor

Regularly Offered MPA Electives

PAF 9104 Media, Politics, and Public Culture
3 hours; 3 credits
This course identifies how the media advances or limits democratic values. Students
will examine how policy leaders work with media systems to influence public opinion, and the domestic and
global policies that shape media diversity. The course also covers the ways individuals and groups monitor,
preserve, or challenge the power of the media.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision-Making
3 hours; 3 credits
This course concerns the relationship of ethics and public service. Those in public service face a broad array of ethical problems and dilemmas ranging from simple matters of public trust through the application of ethical reasoning in policymaking. The course examines the limits of self-interest in public service, the differing ethical concerns of elective and appointive officials, the conflict between responsibility to hierarchical authority and personal conceptions of the right, bureaucratic responsibility for the ethical content of public policies, and the possibility of necessary evil. A significant portion of this course focuses on ethical theories that may help resolve these dilemmas.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9111 American Public Law and the Administrative State
3 hours; 3 credits
Introduction to the American legal system and its role in the development and control of the modern administrative state. The course also emphasizes the legal context within which public and nonprofit agencies operate.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9115 Political Dynamics (for students participating in SPA's Washington Semester)
3 hours; 3 credits
Analysis of the vertical and horizontal relations among American governmental jurisdictions. The course focuses on the theory and history of American federalism and its emergence into an intergovernmental system. Emphasis is placed on the changing nature of constitutional, fiscal, and non-fiscal relationships.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9117 Public Personnel and Human Resource Management
3 hours; 3 credits
Analysis of problems and issues dealing with public sector personnel. Topics covered include selection, training, employee evaluation, and promotion policies and practices. Managerial, legal, and political aspects of human resource management are also considered.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9127 Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
3 hours; 3 credits
Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace explores selected problems and opportunities organizational leaders encounter as they lead, interact with and make decisions about employees from diverse cultural backgrounds.  The course interrogates the rhetoric of understanding and valuing workplace diversity and explores why it has become such an important managerial imperative in the United States and abroad.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9132 Governing New York City
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the structure and dynamics of New York City government, with special emphasis on the development and delivery of city services.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9133 Economics of the Public Sector and Public Finance
3 hours; 3 credits
This course assesses the role of government in the modern economy. The course examines the reasons for government intervention in the economy, consequences of that intervention, and issues pertaining to the public financing of those interventions. An important part of this class is the study of public finance, tax incidence, and fiscal federalism. The course has two main goals: to build and refine skills of microeconomic policy analysis, and more important, to apply these skills to contemporary policy problems.
Prerequisite: PAF 9130
PAF 9136 Urban Economic Development
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces students to the major features of the field of urban economic development. The course reviews the principles by which economic activity is organized in an urban setting, focuses on methods of analyzing the existing economic structure of a community, and examines examples of successful business development, human resource development, community-based employment, and physical development programs.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9139 Communication Strategy
3 hours; 3 credits
In this class, students learn to design communication campaigns that will change or modify key behaviors; promote a cause, service, or program; or enhance the brand and fundraising capacity of an organization. Course topics will cover areas such as fear appeals, message fatigue, working with diverse audiences, and online and social media advocacy. Students will develop message strategies using techniques drawn from social marketing, persuasion, and political communication.
Prerequisite: PAF 9103
PAF 9141 Community Development: History, Present, and Future
3 hours; 3 credits
Community development is an approach to addressing poverty and its related social problems, such as poor-quality housing, unemployment, lack of education, and crime. Students will examine the complex economic, political, and social context that gave rise to the idea of community development, and then follow the successes and challenges in the field over its nearly fifty-year history.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9142 Housing Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
The course serves as a gateway to the field of housing and community development, giving students the background necessary to become informed participants in policy analysis and debates about the future of housing policy. Topics to be covered include: housing markets and policies; the evolution of federal, state, and local housing programs, with emphasis on low-income rental housing; as well as several longstanding and thorny housing policy topics.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9143 Greening and Growing Cities: Sustainability and Public Policy Choices
3 hours; 3 credits
The course focuses on the theory and practice of urban sustainability policies and programs. It addresses public policies as they helped shape the growth and uses of urban land within 20th and 21st century cities in the United States, within context of supporting or contesting long-term sustainable practices. The concentration will be on the historical evolution of land uses in New York as they affect the overall sustainability of its communities and economy.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9144 Budget and Financial Analysis II
3 hours; 3 credits
This course extends Budget and Financial Analysis I by examining financial management of buildings, bridges, roads, and other long-term capital assets and liabilities of state and local governments, nonprofit institutions, and other public entities. It addresses why these assets merit special consideration, how they are financed, and how the capital markets operate. This course also examines pension funds, with specific attention paid to how these liabilities are calculated, how entities fund them, and their fiscal implications for an organization.
Prerequisite: PAF 9140
PAF 9145 Social Welfare Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
This is a course about the poor and anti-poverty programs in the United States. It focuses on measurement, extent, and distribution of poverty; causes of poverty; tradeoffs faced by policy-makers in reducing poverty and economic insecurity; and issues relating to the American underclass.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9150 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
3 hours; 3 credits
Historical and contemporary perspectives on nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector in the United States. The course will emphasize the size, scope, and functions of the nonprofit sector as they have evolved, with particular emphasis on relations with the public and business sectors and current issues affecting the environment in which nonprofit organizations operate.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9151 Administration of the Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Agencies
3 hours; 3 credits
Study of management techniques and strategies applicable in nonprofit agencies. Topics include agency interaction with governmental and political institutions, planning and control systems, the role of the governing board, and the role of the executive director. Special attention is paid to the needs of community service/social welfare and cultural/arts organizations.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9152 Fund Raising and Grants Administration in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the strategies and techniques for acquiring voluntary and governmental support for local nonprofit agencies. The course focuses on the role that fund raising plays in the economics of the nonprofit organization and its relationship with government agencies, foundations, and other donor/granting institutions.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9153 Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofits
3 hours; 3 credits
This course is for students with a career path in the nonprofit world and who aspire to hold senior level positions in nonprofits. The course provides the tools for budgeting in a nonprofit, and the tools of financial analysis and managerial control as is currently practiced in nonprofit organizations.
Prerequisite: PAF 9140 or permission of instructor
PAF 9156 Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
3 hours; 3 credits
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to policy, planning and management of human services issues that arise in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies that have broad effects on people, property, and communities. The course includes the role of both government and nonprofit organizations in responding to disasters and in providing services for relief and recovery. The course also addresses issues of readiness and planning by public and community organizations. Recent and historical events provide examples for students to examine and compare.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9159 Privatization and Market-Based Government
3 hours; 3 credits
Market-based government, an important feature of The New Public Management, involves competition, privatization, public-private partnerships, competitive sourcing,, outsourcing, divestment, withdrawal, displacement, deregulation, citizen choice, vouchers, transferable permits, franchises, user charges, pricing strategies, voluntarism, and civil society-including faith-based institutions. Using a combination of theory, cases, and practice, the course prepares students to use these tools in the real world.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II
3 hours; 3 credits
Managing public agencies and nonprofit organizations. The course addresses concepts, strategies, and techniques for effectively planning, organizing, directing, and controlling agencies, programs, and projects. The objective of the course is to prepare students for practical managerial assignments in government and in the nonprofit sector.
Prerequisite: PAF 9120, PAF 9302, or PAF 9310
PAF 9163 Leadership and Strategy in Public Affairs
3 hours; 3 credits
Leadership and Strategy in Public Affairs examines the personal, institutional and strategic circumstances that public (and nonprofit and business) leaders confront as they conduct their work. The course focuses on the exercise of leadership, particularly the development and execution of strategy, particularly within the context of politics and government. Students will explore the strategic calculi employed by leaders as they attempt to mobilize support, achieve personal influence, and exercise institutional authority to accomplish objectives.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9174 Program Evaluation
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the process and techniques of program evaluation and the assessment of effectiveness of public sector policies. Various performance assessment criteria, problems of evaluation research, and the politics of program evaluation are reviewed.
Prerequisite: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172
PAF 9176 Public Policy and the Culture of Science
3 hours; 3 credits
The course will review the impact on public policy of fundamental developments in science and mathematics that have challenged our assumptions of reality. We will examine the impact on our culture of evolution, quantum physics, relativity, chaos theory, and other radical departures from traditional perspectives on the human condition.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9177 Advanced Analytical Methods
3 hours; 3 credits
Advanced research methods and techniques utilized in public agencies for policy determination and administrative decision making. Course requirements include student projects and work exercises in the design and implementation of research studies and program evaluations.
Prerequisite: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172
PAF 9180 Policy Analysis
3 hours; 3 credits
Overview of the use of analytic techniques in solving public sector problems and designing government programs. Topics include agenda setting, approaches to problem solving, the role of values in policy making and policy analysis, policy-relevant data collection and analysis, principles of benefit-cost analysis, techniques of policy analysis (e.g., queuing, simulations, formal modeling), strategies for policy adoption and implementation, and the politics of policy analysis.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9181 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
3 hours; 3 credits
Public-sector managers at all levels respond to demands generated from beyond the borders of their own jurisdiction. This course focuses on international variations in public administration through a comparative analysis of the political and cultural environments that configure the public and nonprofit sectors around the globe.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9184 International Institutions and Global Governance

In a world of globalization and global threats—financial contagion, terrorism, proliferation, climate change, health crises—this course examines the role of international institutions and norms and asks whether they can make the world a safer, more just place. Why did states create global institutions—and why in these forms? How does their structure limit or reinforce their ability to address problems? How do norms develop and change? What is the role of NGOs and of multinational corporations? How must the system adapt to new actors and challenges?
Prerequisites or Co-requisite: none

PAF 9186 Map Making for Public Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
The course provides an introduction to basic map making skills and the use of maps and spatial data in policy applications. Students will learn how to create and interpret thematic maps, by hands-on experience with mapping software. Advanced topics will include spatial construction of data, and use spatial data in quantitative applications.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PAF 9170
PAF 9318 Educational Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
This course is designed for MPA and MSED students interested in learning more about educational policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Students in this course will critically examine the social, political, and economic theories behind current educational policies and policy initiatives, and evaluate their consequences and effects on U.S. public schooling.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9710 Health and Health Care
3 hours; 3 credits
Health care managers and policy makers seek to maximize the promise and minimize the problems associated with improving health and providing health services to all Americans. This involves understanding the determinants of population and individual health, the organizational structure and financing of the health care system, the public policy making process, and approaches to improved quality, performance and accountability.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9725 Health Program, Policy and Performance Evaluation
3 hours; 3 credits
This course applies generic skills in evaluation and performance measurement to the particular circumstances of health and medical care. Topics covered include defining the purpose of an evaluation; different organizational arrangements for evaluation; the specification of evaluation questions, selection of appropriate measures and data collection methods; analysis of evaluation data; and the maximization of the usefulness of evaluation findings. The course also addresses contemporary trends in health care quality measurement and improvement, and the role of performance measurements in creating a more accountable health care system.
Prerequisite: PAF 9710
PAF 9730 Comparative Health Systems
3 hours; 3 credits
Explores the salient features of health systems of several countries. In order to develop an ability to review and critique other systems, and to establish the relevance of the course, the U.S. system will be discussed first. The review of other systems will be done (1) by reviewing the systems descriptively and (2) by assessing how the systems comparatively address issues raised in the review of the U.S. system. Finally, the knowledge attained will be used to discuss possible future changes to the U.S. system. The course assumes a knowledge of the structure of the American health care system.
Prerequisite: PAF 9710.
PAF 9735 Health Politics and Policymaking
3 hours, 3 credits
This course examines the evolution of the major governmental programs involved with health insurance and health care in the United States. The goal is an understanding of the political dynamics that lead to successes and failures in health policymaking, and the development of strategies that can be used by governmental and non-governmental actors to accomplish policy change.
Prerequisite: PAF 9710 and permission of instructor

MPA Special Topics and Independent Study Courses

PAF 9199 Selected Topics in Public Affairs
3 hours; 3 credits
Topic will vary from semester to semester.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9299 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management
3 hours; 3 credits
The course focuses on major areas in nonprofit management. Topics vary from semester to semester.
PAF 9699 Selected Topics in Public Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
Focuses on major substantive areas of public policy. Topics vary from offering to offering and could include such policy issues as transportation, environmental protection, housing and urban policy, urban development, health and labor.
PAF 9799 Selected Topics in Health Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
Topics in health policy will vary from semester to semester.
Prerequisite: PAF 9710
PAF 9999 Independent Study in Public Affairs
3 hours; 3 credits
Issues of special interest are examined. The subject matter is determined jointly by the student and instructor. An application is required. Hours to be arranged.

MPA Electives Not Currently Offered

PAF 9109 Government Contracting
3 hours; 3 credits
Review of the principles and practices of government contracting and analysis of the major types of government contracts. Administration and management problems of the government procurement function are identified and analyzed. Major policy questions, including societal implications of large-scale government contracting, are explored.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9118 Labor Relations in the Public Sector
3 hours; 3 credits
Development and growth of public employee unionism. Topics covered include collective bargaining laws and procedures, government organization of labor relations, the dynamics of the bargaining process, the impact of collective bargaining on civil service systems, and current trends in public sector collective bargaining.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9119 Organization Theory
3 hours; 3 credits
Study and application of theories of organization, with special emphasis on public organizations. Topics include bureaucracy and the nature of organizations, organization environment, interface, organization goals, authority and power in organizations, communications, participation, and problems of alienation.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9125 Human Resources Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
Analysis of government policies aimed at altering income levels and life opportunities of individuals. Issues are chosen from the human services area (e.g., education, disability programs, employment and training).
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9126 Human Services Administration (formerly PAF 9171)
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of management approaches and perspectives relevant to client-centered, public organizations (e.g., social services, health care services, employment and training programs, corrections). Special attention is given to administrative structures, institutional perspectives, needs assessment, program management, and the integration of human services.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9137 Telecommunications Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
This course focuses on the communications industry and government regulation. It examines policy issues including growth of conglomerates, the impact of computers and the Internet, the scope and impact of the digital revolution, new technologies in wired and wireless transmission, allocating the spectrum, and the future of the electronic highway.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9138 Urban Services Delivery
3 hours; 3 credits
Review of the principles and problems in the design and evaluation of urban service delivery. Service areas covered include fire services, police services, health care and social services, waste disposal services, and justice system services.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9157 Introduction to Philanthropy
3 hours; 3 credits
This course considers the complex system of private giving that supports civil society, examining the ways in which private funds are given and the vehicles through which they are administered. It emphasizes the philanthropic motivations, strategic frameworks, and practices of individuals and institutions in the U.S. and other regions, as well as the public impact of these private activities. It also examines the current legal and regulatory framework within which philanthropy operates and emerging controversies about philanthropic institutions and activities.
Prerequisites: PAF 9120, PAF 9150 or PAF 9151
PAF 9158 Religion, Nonprofits, Politics, and Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
Religious bodies are the largest component of the nonprofit sector in terms of numbers of organizations, giving, and volunteering, providing essential education, health, and human services. This course offers an overview of the role of religion in American public life, focusing its relationship to government, engagement in politics and policy, and provision of services.
Prerequisites: none
PAF 9161 Business and Public Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
Analysis of the interrelations between business and governmental policy making. The focus is on the role played by business interests in specific policy arenas (e.g., defense, energy, trade) as well as the general policy environment.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9173 Program Auditing and Performance Measurement
3 hours; 3 credits
This course extends the student's knowledge of financially related decision-making techniques. It provides the student an understanding of management auditing, program auditing, and performance measurement. Key concepts include economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. From the retrospective perspective it examines how to determine whether a program has used its resources effectively and efficiently. From a concurrent perspective, it looks at what should be monitored and how. Prospectively it examines how to prepare an organization for performance measurement and auditing. From a holistic view it examines the decision to measure, monitor, and examine performance.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9182 Development Administration
3 hours; 3 credits
Introduction to the social, economic, political, and technological constraints, requisites, and institutions used in development programs both national and transnational.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9183 International Nonprofit Organizations
3 hours; 3 credits
This course examines the international dimension of the nonprofit world. It focuses on those nonprofit organizations that work across borders because: 1) they seek to influence global issues such as economic justice, human rights or the environment; 2) they deliver aid or capacity building programs in developing countries; or 3) they are the secretariat or headquarters of an international network of organizations. The course will explore international and cross-cultural management issues, relationships with national governments and supranational entities, and international advocacy strategies.
Prerequisites or Co-requisite: PAF9120, or PAF 9150, or permission of instructor
PAF 9185 Environmental Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces students to the major features and debates in environmental policy, focusing primarily on the metropolitan environment in the United States. Students are introduced to environmental issues with respect to both the human and physical environments; the major interests groups that affect environmental policy; and the regulatory procedures under which environmental policy is implemented, particularly environmental impact analysis under NEPA and state and local environmental reviews.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9715 Health Care Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to examine policy issues relevant to four overarching concerns within health care: health status; access to health care; health care quality; and health care costs; in so doing, provide an understanding of various methods used to analyze health care policy issues and options.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PAF 9710
PAF 9720 Population Based Health Planning
3 hours; 3 credits
Explores the history, rationale, and practice of population-based health care planning. Major features and issues in the total cycle of planning and control. Framework of classical population-based planning models and practice viewed from the perspective of marketplace scenario. The course assumes knowledge of the structure of the American health care system.
Prerequisite: PAF 9710
PAF 9760 Managerial Economics
3 hours; 3 credits
Application of basic economic concepts to the decision problems of the firm. Demand, supply, cost and profit functions, and capital budgeting are analyzed conceptually and with the use of quantitative tools to give them empirical content.
Prerequisite: Open only to MPA in Health Policy and Administration students; not open to students who have completed PAF 9130
PAF 9766 Health Care Costs and Financing
3 hours; 3 credits
Description and analysis of health care costs and financing. Key topics include the factors and forces driving health care costs; demand for, operation of and side-effects of health insurance; health care cost-containment techniques; payment for physicians, hospitals and other providers; interaction of health care with the rest of the economy.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PAF 9130, PAF 9710 or permission of instructor