University of Vermont

Master of Public Administration

Fall MPA Courses

Fall 2014 Course Listings

PA 301 Foundations of Public Administration
Chris Koliba
CRN: 92131 Non-degree students CRN: 92131
Mondays 4:05 -7:05pm
This course is an analysis of major elements of management in the public sector (organization, personnel, budgeting) with special attention to problems arising from political imperatives generated by a democratic society. Credits: 3
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PA 303 Research Methods
Jane Kolodinsky
CRN: 91449
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 -9:45am
Thomas DeSisto
Wednesday Labs: 9:35 – 10:25 am [CRN: 91450] OR 4:05 – 4:55 pm [CRN: 91451]
This course has been designed to enable students from a variety of  backgrounds (a) to be informed consumers of social research and (b) to be able conduct a basic social science research project from conception to completion. Throughout the semester, theoretical underpinning will be presented and discussed, but the course will primarily focus on applied research. Enrollment in a laboratory section is required.  Credits: 3

PA 305 Public and Non-Profit Financial Resource Management
Richard Cate
CRN: 91430
Tuesdays 5:30-8:15pm
This course is an introductory survey of public budgeting and financial management. The purpose of this course is to explore fundamental ideas, concepts, and theories that contribute to understanding public sector revenue and expenditure decisions and to examine basic practices and techniques of modern financial administration, budget preparation, and performance measurement. The course will rely on readings, discussions and case studies that focus on state and local governments and non-profit organizations as examples. An effort will be made to cover federal budget systems as well.  3 Credits
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PA 320 Local Government Administration
Brian Palaia and Joe Colangelo
CRN: 94192
Wednesdays 4:05 – 7:05pm This course will explore instruments professional public sector CEOs use to further policy objectives by providing insight into the skills professional managers need to successfully implement change within a political environment. Students will explore the inherent tensions between effective management practices and democratic principles. Topics will include: management practices, municipal law, budgeting, finance, human resource management, risk management and intergovernmental relations. Credits: 3

PA 325 Health Care Policy (click here for sample syllabus)
Meg O'Donnell and Steve Kappel
CRN: 90185
Mondays 5:10 - 8:10pm
This course addresses policy issues affecting structure, performance and change in the U.S. health care system. Historical, comparative, environmental, economic and policy perspectives are considered, as well as recent and current reform efforts. The focus is on policy challenges relevant to health care managers, policy makers, providers and consumers. The course is intended to benefit students with an interest in health services as well as those wishing to improve their understanding of how the health care system affects other settings and systems. 3 Credits

PA 326 Community Economic Development
Shoshanah Inwood
CRN: 94179
Thursdays 4:00 – 6:45pm
What does it take to succeed and survive as a healthy community amidst complex (and sometimes destructive) forces that shape and mold our society? Community economic development will be considered from the perspective of achieving balance between economic, environmental, social, physical, and political realms – a framework of sustainability. Community revitalization, as a major aspect of community economic development, will be considered in the context of both revitalizing small and mid-sized towns, as well as urban/inner city rejuvenation. We will study the theories, concepts and issues embedded in community and economic development through academic studies and real world case studies.

PA 395 Nonprofit Governance and Development
Jane Van Buren
CRN: 92108
Wednesdays 4:05 - 7:05pm
This course is designed to explore in depth the topics of governance and fund development, which are introduced in PA 323, Nonprofit Administration.  The first half of the course will focus on the role and responsibility of a nonprofit board of directors, including different models and theories of governance.  The second half will focus on revenue development in nonprofits and we will discuss the many methods currently in practice from special events to grant writing. 3 Credits

PA 395 Sustainability & Transportation
Brian Lee
CRN: 92278
Wednesdays 4:05 – 7:05pm
The local, regional and global transportation systems are vital to community, the economy, and economic development. Transportation policies impact the environment, energy, culture, equitable mobility between regions and groups, as well as overall quality of life. Critical transportation issues and problems in the 21st century will require multidisciplinary teams to design innovative solutions. Yet, the majority of transportation-related courses at most universities are within the Civil and Environmental Engineering or Geography departments. The objective of this new course is to develop a multidisciplinary partnership to spark a campus-wide awareness of critical issues in transportation. Credits: 3

PA 395 Peace Corps Service Analysis
Ned McMahon
CRN: 92136
Peace Corps Fellows with three or more years of PC service will receive 6 academic credits in recognition of their substantive Peace Corps activities which are of particular relevance to their CDAE or MPA course work. Consultation with the Peace Corps Director is required for final paper instruction and accrual for academic credits.
Permission from the Director is required. 1-6 Credits

PA 395 Housing Policy
Maura Collins
CRN: 94785
August 26 – December 4, 2014
This online course covers key housing policy debates such as: the past and future of the private market and federal government's role in housing finance; the history of affordable housing; innovative housing models; land use decision making; and how housing impacts other policy goals such as energy, health care, transportation and education. Credits: 3

PA 395 Strategic Planning in Healthcare
Catherine Hamilton
CRN: 94014
Thursdays 6:15 – 9:05pm
This course provides an introduction to Strategic Planning in organizations with a specific focus on health care organizations. The course offers both a conceptual framework and process guidelines for effective planning. It reviews strategic planning concepts, processes and techniques for developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans within organizations.

PA 395 Experimental Economics
Kent Messer, Maik Kecinski, Jacob Fooks
Thursdays 11:00 – 12:15pm
Experimental Economics Live Feed from the University of Delaware in 124 Marsh Life Science. This graduate-level course explores the use of experimental techniques and its application to economic research. The course will introduce students to the classic experimental games that provide the foundation for much of the ongoing experimental economics research and will also involve students in reading contemporary research papers. Course material will be introduced through hands-on participation in experiments and through lectures. Students will also be expected to develop and conduct their own experiments and write-up their results as a final project for the course. Credits: 3

PA 380 Internship
CRN: 90181; 3-6 Credits

PA 391 Thesis Research
CRN: 90182; 6 Credits

PA 397 Readings and Research
CRN: 90184; 3-6 Credits

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