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-580 Public Service Leadership and Governance (3 credits)
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MPL-582 Law, Ethics and Decision Making in the Public Sector (3 credits)
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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 Justice Issues and Policy (3 credits)
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MSP-531 Environmental Justice Issues and Policy (3 credits)
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MSP-540 Advanced Studies in Health Care (3 credits)
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MSP-640 Health Care Operations and Systems (3 credits)
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MSP-642 Legal Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
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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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MSP-678 Finance and Budgeting for Non-Profits (3 credits)
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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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