Curriculum

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NURS 70000 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
Hours 45; Credits 3
Discussion of nursing science, metaparadigm concepts, and worldviews through the perspective of selected nursing theories. Exploration of the interrelationships of nursing theory, research, and practice. Discussion of advanced nursing roles.
Prerequisite: none

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Core (33 credits)

NURS 70200 Advanced Nursing Research
Hours 45; Credits 3
Analysis of research and research utilization processes that have relevance for evidence-based advanced practice nursing in various roles.
Prerequisites: NURS 70000, undergraduate statistics, undergraduate research course

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NURS 70400 Healthcare Systems and Policy
Hours 45; Credits 3
This course explores healthcare systems and policy, including their impact on professional practice and quality/safety outcomes. It emphasizes health policy development and the role of advocacy in health system change.

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NURS 74900 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations
Hours 45; Credits 3

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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

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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

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PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management
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.
Prerequisite: Not open to students who have completed PAF 9302, PAF 9309, MGT 9300, or PSY 9788

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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: Not open to students who have completed ECO 9705 and PAF 9760

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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: Spreadsheet knowledge strongly recommended

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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 received credit for PAF 9317

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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 PAF 9317

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Electives (9 credits; each course should be 3 credits)

One nursing course and two public administration courses.

Clinical Courses (15 credits; each course is 5 credits)

NURS 73500 Leadership and Management in Health Care I
30 hours theory, 15 hours seminar, 166 hours practicum; 5 credits
Analysis of how nurse leaders and other health professionals in integrated managed care networks and community-based organizations understand and apply leadership and management theories and principles.
Prerequisites: NURS 70000, NURS 70200, NURS 74900
Corequisites: PAF 91000, PAF 91030

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NURS 74000 Leadership and Management in Health Care II
30 hours theory, 15 hours seminar, 167 hours practicum; 5 credits
Analysis of how nurse leaders and other professional in health care agencies interact at local, regional, and national levels, conduct policy assessment, identify health needs of culturally diverse aggregates, and develop culturally focused policies and programs to address these needs.
Prerequisites: NURS 70400, NURS 73500, PAF 91200, PAF 91720
Corequisites: PAF 91400, PAF 91300

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NURS 74500/PAF 9190 Capstone Seminar for the MS/MPA in Nursing Administration
30 hours theory, 15 hours seminar, 167 hours practicum; 5 credits
An integrative experience in the field of public affairs as it relates to health care generally and nursing specifically. Students will prepare a professional work in policy analysis or an organizational assessment.
Cross-listed (Cross-listed with PAF 97930)
Prerequisite: NURS 74000