Course Descriptions

MPL-510 Research Methods in Public Service (3 credits)
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Research Methods in Public Service introduces students to the foundations of research study methods with an emphasis on research in the public sector. Concepts presented include study design and selection, data collection guidelines, and study efficacy. A review of data analysis techniques is also featured along with tips on effective presentation of study findings. Ethical issues in research are reviewed to provide greater understanding of the importance of protecting research participants as well as the crucial oversight role of Institutional Review Boards. Students participate in critical evaluations of existing research to engage course content and demonstrate proficiency in course objectives.
MPL-520 Program Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits)
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Evaluations are an essential piece of designing and operating nonprofit programs. Information from evaluations help key stakeholders make decisions about funding, growing, contracting and ending programs. This course is an introduction to evaluation methodology and common evaluation tools used to assess nonprofit programs. Students will plan, develop and evaluate nonprofit programs in public and private settings. The focus will be placed on the acquisition and demonstration of applied techniques including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment and cost benefit analysis. Special attention is given to issues of ethics, social justice as related to the use and misuse of research, the inclusion or omission of diverse populations in research studies, the implications of research for addressing social injustices of oppressed groups and the encouragement of a critical perspective when reading research on interventions as they apply to populations at risk.
MPL-580 Public Service Leadership and Governance (3 credits)
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This course examines the multiple roles a public service leader has working within and outside of the organization. Legal, philosophical pragmatic leadership drivers will be scrutinized, particularly in relation to the nonprofit organization’s external board of directors. Membership, structure and process for this body will be examined as well as the relationship of employees to the individual board members and the policies established by this group.
MPL-582 Law, Ethics and Decision Making in the Public Sector (3 credits)
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Ethical and socially responsible leadership are core dimensions in the education of local and global public servants. This course provides students with the essential framework for personal and professional ethical decision making applied in the context of diverse workplaces and organizations. Ethical theories, case studies in applied ethics and specific assignments looking at legal and ethical complexities, will serve students with opportunities to examine their personal-professional values, assess examine the array of legislation that governs the global hospitality industry. The course allows students to integrate legal knowledge into a practical approach to management. Areas covered include business structures, contracts, employment law, and safety and security. The driving philosophy of this course is prevention, with a focus on minimizing the risk of litigation. Although the course emphasizes U.S. legislation, there is also significant consideration of the global nature of hospitality and the policies and procedures necessary for conducting business internationally
MSP-520 Community and Economic Development and Leadership (3 credits)
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This foundation course provides an overview of the theories, models, issues, and policies for community and community economic development in the United States. Beginning with an examination of the theoretical framework for community development and community economic development, the course considers the economic development movement, housing and redevelopment policies, the community development corporation and its role, place-based redevelopment, and neighborhood job creation and planning. Continuing, the course examines recent development strategies and trends. This course concludes by approaching some of the challenges faced by existing community economic development delivery systems and challenges faced by professionals who apply them.
MSP-530 Environmental Issues and Policy (3 credits)
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This course covers major issues and policies in the environmental field. Students will develop an awareness of the political, social, cultural and economic systems and processes related to environmental protection. Environmental Issues and Policy evaluates the economic factors involved as the business world addresses climate change through government-regulated as well as voluntary programs. Current major issues and policies in the environmental field will be presented, discussed and analyzed.
MSP-531 Environmental Justice Issues and Policy (3 credits)
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This course explores the foundations of the environmental justice movement, current and emerging issues, and the application of environmental justice analysis to environmental policy and planning. It examines claims made by diverse groups along with the policy and civil society responses that address perceived inequity and injustice. While focused mainly on the United States, international issues and perspectives are also considered in relation to climate change, clean development mechanism trading and cap.
MSP-540 Advanced Studies in Health Care (3 credits)
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An overview of the healthcare services system in America; covering characteristics of the U.S. health system, the role of healthcare professionals, medical technology, healthcare financing sources, healthcare delivery structures (including outpatient and primary care), inpatient facilities, managed care and integrated organizations, long-term care, services for special populations and system outcomes such as healthcare cost, access and quality.
MSP-542 Epidemiology (3 credits)
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Introduction to the study of the general principles, methods and applications of epidemiology. Outbreak investigations, measures of infectious and chronic disease frequency, standardization of disease rates, study design, measures of association, hypothesis testing, bias, risk factors, effect modification, causal inference, disease screening and surveillance. Case studies apply these concepts to a variety of infectious, acute and chronic health conditions affecting the population.
MSP-640 Health Care Operations and Systems (3 credits)
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Operations management is the design and management of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods or services. This course presents an analysis of the operations within health service organizations like hospitals and other healthcare institutions, and provides management tools and principles that are used to plan, organize, staff and control the essential processes and systems of those healthcare organizations. The course also presents advanced techniques that can be used to manage and improve healthcare services to the benefit of both an organization and its patients. The primary areas of operations management that will be discussed include operations planning, financial management, supply and inventory management, technology management, and process and quality improvement activities. This course is focused on the technological aspects of operations, leaving human behavioral studies to other management or leadership courses.
MSP-642 Legal Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
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Introduction to the issues of health services law and ethics, including the role of law in the U.S. healthcare system, the legal system and legal research, managing and regulating healthcare system including legal structure and governance of healthcare organizations, government regulations in public health and health services, protecting privacy of medical information, medical staff credentialing and clinical privileges, the laws in government payment programs, antitrust law in healthcare field, legal and ethics issues in patient care and in health insurance.
MSP-621 Networking for Effective Community Development (3 credits)
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Networking for Effective Community Development is a comprehensive examination of community development through exploring and understanding the role of networks. The course provides an overview of the types of networks and how each functions to create critical linkages that enable the ability of the community to respond to needs, threats and challenges, and how these linkages can work to translate change and community effectiveness. Topics include improving governance; using community networks to bridge cultural and economic difference; improving communications and neighborhood relations; and using networks to work across agencies and facilitate planning. The course includes exercises aimed at promoting an understanding of networks, and simulations to apply theory to practice. This course draws from several disciplines to discuss and apply network theory and practice to community economic development. Please note that students are required to work in groups.
MSP-661 Fundraising in Nonprofits: Challenges and Opportunities (3 credits)
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This course engages the student in the study of fundraising infrastructure, methods and planning. Starting with philanthropy and universal fundraising concepts, the student then analyzes techniques such as direct mail, email, social media, special events, earned income, corporate giving, major gifts and planned giving. The course is completed with the student creating his/her own fundraising plan based on an organization identified by the student.
MSP-662 Practical Grant Writing (3 credits)
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This course aims to provide a practical foundation to be used toward compiling a full proposal for this course and into the future by learning how to craft careful research questions presented with sound preparation and purposeful writing. Through this course, you will begin to fully understand and be able to articulate the need for a project or organization’s work. You will be guided through preparing individual components of the grant application and how to translate the work into a budget for the request. In addition to the basic application components, understanding the funders’ interests, packaging and other formats will be covered.
MSP-664 Volunteer Management (3 credits)
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This course focuses on the life cycle of volunteers, including how to effectively motivate, reward and retain volunteers at each stage of the cycle. Attention will be paid to enhancing the effectiveness of a volunteer workforce, as well as the delicate issues of resolving conflicts and the termination of volunteers. Finally, the course compares episodic and ongoing volunteerism and the implications for volunteer-dependent organizations.
MSP-674 Municipal Finance (3 credits)
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This course examines the budget function and process of county, municipal and state finance systems, the methods used to determine the needs of the community and individual agency and resource allocation to meet those needs, measuring the capability and benchmarking of the agency, preparation and presentation of the budget, selling the budget and needs to the county or city administration.
MSP-678 Finance and Budgeting for Non-Profits (3 credits)
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This course is designed to provide finance and budgeting skills to nonprofit leaders and managers, enabling them to make critical decisions related to the financial health of their organizations. Participants will become familiar with processes related to development and management of the budgeting process, governmental requirements and oversight, and ethical concerns facing nonprofit leaders. The course also examines specific legal and policy issues affecting nonprofits and the role of competent financial oversight in guiding organizations through uncertain financial climates.
NPM-502 Nonprofit Management (3 credits)
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This course provides students with an understanding of the unique qualities, philosophies, and practices of the U.S. nonprofit mission-driven sector. The course examines the sources and management of resources as well as strategies for their effective use. Nonprofit Management begins with a historical overview of the nonprofit sector and demonstrates its complex structure. The primary goal of this course is to provide a thorough knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, for effective nonprofit management.
NPM-610: Nonprofit Governance and Board Leadership (3 credits)
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Nonprofit Governance and Board Leadership explores governance within contemporary nonprofit organizations. The course focuses on leadership dynamics from theoretical and practical perspectives. Students will explore salient internal and external environmental factors that influence behavior through the examination and analysis of best practices. The primary goal of this course is to provide a realistic understanding of the elements that both support and impede effective governance for nonprofits. The significance of strong leadership and governance practices is reinforced in the course's discussion of emerging trends within nonprofit entities.
NPM-670: Critical Issues in Nonprofit Management (3 credits)
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Critical Issues in Nonprofit Management addresses current nonprofit management issues and trends that have both immediate and emerging impact on the U.S. civil sector. The course will cover issues of governance (accountability, transparency, and responsibility), performance management, and infrastructure development. It will also address new approaches to marketing, public relations, and development activities. Keeping in mind the contemporary economic environment, the course will examine new revenue streams for nonprofits in terms of their utility and long-term effects. The major goal of this course is to provide students with benchmarking theories and practical tools that will allow them to analyze contemporary management challenges and construct innovative solutions.
SOE-570: Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
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Social Entrepreneurship focuses on the emerging field of social entrepreneurship, a marriage between for-profit entrepreneurship skills and ventures that focus on nonprofit mission and social value. It offers practical information for individuals in the field as well as innovative methods of conceptualizing the search for new and better ways to support and invest in social value. This course presents a framework for understanding this new sector of the economy, proven business.

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