Public Administration Core and Management and Policy Emphasis

PADM 601 – Introduction to Public Administration
This introductory course gives an overview of the field of public administration and develops the analytical skills necessary for graduate studies. Emphasis is on understanding the underlying issues such as power, decision-making, ways of knowing, measurement, organizational structure, accountability, and learning to use the theoretical models in actual situations. (Fall & Spring)

PADM 602 – Seminar in Public Management
This is a hands-on class in which students design projects relevant to their work, which demonstrate their achievement of 11 learning objectives for time management; identifying personal management styles and values; developing personal work performance measures; creating management charts; interpersonal and group skills; and oral presentations. (Spring)

PADM 603 – Management Analysis
The class will introduce organizational and systems theory, information systems, procedure analysis, management planning, and management problem solving. (Fall)

PADM 604 – Research Methods in Administration
This class covers empirical methods and techniques necessary for administrators to understand complex research on public issues. Emphasis is on design of research, data collection and analysis methods, survey sampling, and statistical analysis including use of computers in data analysis. (Spring)

PADM 606 – The Policymaking Process
After developing a general framework, this class focuses on specific aspects of policymaking. These include the process of setting the policy agenda; the impact of the various stakeholders in the policymaking process; the relationship between policy sciences and democracy; and finally, the role of citizens in the policymaking process. (Fall)

PADM 610 – Organizational Theory and Behavior
This course reviews the evolution of organization theories from the classical models to current discussions of post-modern organizations. The focus is on how managers can use the metaphors and theories of organizations to develop better management in their organizations.

PADM 618 – Public Accountability, Ethics & Law
The challenges of maintaining a responsive bureaucracy subject to democratic controls; implications of ethical standards and administrative due process of law; and selected case studies in government and non-profit administration. (Offered as demand warrants) 

PADM 620 – Internship in Administration/Policy
Applied work experience in public administration or policy analysis. The course consists of the equivalent of three months of full-time work in an approved state, federal, local, or private agency, under the supervision of a senior agency employee in cooperation with a faculty advisor. An internship journal and a final internship report are required. (Offered as demand warrants) 

PADM 624 – Human Resources Administration
This is an intensive class format, meeting for three full days on two different months after a short introduction class. The class develops skills in techniques of personnel administration and considers issues of human resources development in public organizations. In addition, it examines recruitment, selection, training, motivation, performance evaluation, and career development. (Fall)

PADM 628 – Administration of Financial Resources
Five general topics are covered in this class: budgeting, policy making, accounting, financing, and managing. Specific topics covered include types of budgets and stages in the budgetary process; the relationship of economics to public budgets; the different types of government funds and financial accounting systems; and different types of revenue sources for public agencies and non-profits. Cases will help managers deal with the technical and political challenges inherent in managing budgets in the public sector. (Spring)

PADM 632 – Policy Analysis
Quick methods for policy analysis, emphasizing analytic thinking to narrow and focus the decision problem, and quantitative and qualitative techniques to generate insight from information. Covers basic steps in the analytic process, and methods including legal research, decision analysis, and interpreting regressions. Exercises are from contemporary Alaska policy issues. (Offered as demand warrants)

PADM 640 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
This intensive format class reviews the literature and principles of alternative dispute resolution. This class will also focus on negotiation and mediation as ways to resolve individual conflicts, group conflicts, and public disputes. This class can be taken as individual modules for one credit each, or as one, three-credit class. (Offered as demand warrants)

PADM 659 – Public Administration Capstone
Capstone course for master of public administration program. Includes in-depth discussions of case studies illustrating problems of organizational change, decision-making, problem solving, and the interrelated processes of policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Emphasis is on student participation, including presentation of a major policy or administrative report. (Offered as demand warrants)

PADM 671 – Selected Topics in Public Administration
Analysis of selected public administration issues. Topics are announced in the published class schedule.

ECON 625 – Economics and Public Policy
Examines economics both as a determinant of public policy and as a tool of public administration. Topics include how markets allocate resources; role of government in a market economy; market failures and responses to them; problems of efficiency vs. equity; and application of microeconomic tools to analysis of Alaska and national policy issues. (Fall)


Criminal Justice Emphasis and
Health Administration

JUST 625 – Seminar in Criminal Violation
An advanced criminology seminar, which will explore the application of various theories of crime causation to specific kinds of criminal violation. Students will use criminological theory in an effort to explain different types of criminal behavior and to assess both methods of prevention and potential treatment of the violator. Topics will include crimes of violence, crimes against the public order, organized crime, white-collar crime, etc.

JUST 630 – Justice Admin Theory and Practice
This is an advanced seminar to study policy development and the application of theory and research in the administration of justice organizations. Theories, practices, innovations, and administrative strategies will be explored.

JUST 640 – Corrections Theory and Research
Theoretical foundations of correctional practices are explored through reading of classic texts. This class includes development and testing of hypotheses on rehabilitation, retribution, and incapacitation.

JUST 650 – Policing Theory and Research
Social science research on policing is explored through readings on police use of force, domestic violence, and community policing. Development of proposals for empirical tests of hypotheses is derived from the literature.

JUST 670 – Administrative Law
This course covers the legal guidelines for adoption, enforcement, and adjudication of violations of agency regulations at federal, state, and local levels as exercised by public sector management and legislative, executive, and judicial controls on agency action. Research project required.

NS 626 – Principles of Epidemiology
An introduction to the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigations and their application in the health sciences. Major topics include etiological factors of disease and injury, the distribution of health problems within populations, levels of prevention, and the concept of risk. The design of retrospective, cross-sectional, and prospective studies are examined. Clinical applications within nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work, nutrition and health care administration are emphasized.

NS 685 – Public Health Policy
An analysis of the procedures by which government and private agencies make decisions that affect the health of population groups. The influence of lay, professional, and special interest groups are explored in relation to health legislation, allocation of resources, and the setting of public health priorities. Current issues in public health policy are examined, focusing on how policy is changed, interpreted, and implemented.

NS 681 – Analysis of Health Services
This is a comprehensive overview of the evolution and major components of the health service system in the U.S. System performance, directions being taken by major providers, characteristics of resources (financial, personnel, and technological), and dimensions of policy making in health are discussed.

NS 682 – Administrative Services
Covers elements of administrative processes within the health care system. Personal and interpersonal competencies and maximization of resource allocation to optimize effective leadership and management are emphasized.