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Public policy decisions have a profound effect on nearly every aspect of daily life, touching on the economy, healthcare, and the environment. Read more

Public policy decisions have a profound effect on nearly every aspect of daily life, touching on the economy, healthcare, and the environment. As the challenges facing our communities—both locally and globally—grow ever more complex, the need to understand and apply sound public policy is critical.

In the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, you can gain the skills needed to address public policy issues and create solutions that will have a positive impact on society. Discover how to formulate, implement, and evaluate public policy within government agencies or in the nonprofit or private sector.

Through a curriculum that blends theory, practice, and a virtual city that simulates real-life scenarios, you can enhance and refine your analytic and quantitative skills while developing a thorough understanding of the political institutions and processes through which public policies are created. Coursework focuses on policy analysis, management and leadership, empirical analysis, ethics, and politics and is designed to prepare you to work in a wide variety of organizations that create, analyze, or operate according to public policy.

You can apply what you learn immediately in your profession and prepare for a role in public policy management or leadership.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Explain how public policies are developed, approved, implemented, and evaluated.
  2. Apply major theories and concepts associated with the development of U.S. public policy and public administration.
  3. Apply a variety of data analysis methods in the study of public policy issues.
  4. Apply a variety of research and design methods in the study of public policy issues.
  5. Describe how to implement methods of organizational change and development while adhering to ethical standards of practice.
  6. Design strategies for collaboration across the research, policy, and practice sectors to solve complex problems.

Find detailed information for the general specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Curriculum

Career options

Various leaders and policymakers who have launched successful public policy careers hold a Master of Public Policy.* A broad range of career options is available for those who hold advanced degrees in public policy, including positions in governments at all levels, nonprofit organizations and NGOs, and higher education and at private-sector companies.

Walden’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) can prepare you for careers as a:

  • Policy analyst
  • Development manager
  • Grant writer
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • City government elected official
  • Government affairs director
  • Legislative analyst
  • Federal intelligence analyst
  • Health program analyst
  • Clinical research associate
  • Environmental analyst
  • Sustainability manager
  • Policy consultant
  • Communications director
  • News and politics editor
  • Policy reporter


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Whether it is at the local, state, or federal level, providing public service increasingly involves collaboration with multiple government agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations. Read more

Whether it is at the local, state, or federal level, providing public service increasingly involves collaboration with multiple government agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations. When you earn your online master’s in public administration, you can be prepared to meet these challenges.

Walden’s online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is designed to help you develop the advanced competencies that are essential to becoming a successful leader in public administration. Gain the skills that can prepare you for cross-sectoral governance and enable you to deliver services to citizens through plans that are transparent, efficient, and ethical. As a student working toward your online MPA degree, you can learn effective ways to balance budgets, write and negotiate contracts, manage conflict, and build partnerships.

Prepare to advance your career as you gain the knowledge to translate policies into programs that work for the public good. Through in-depth research, practical coursework, and a virtual city that simulates real-life scenarios, you can acquire the organizational capabilities you need to administer and oversee diverse and complex agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program will be prepared to:

  1. Describe key leadership concepts and theories that can be used to effectively lead and manage in the public sector.
  2. Determine appropriate skills needed for participating in and contributing to public and nonprofit policy processes.
  3. Critically evaluate strategies for resolving public policy and administration problems in a global economic and political environment.
  4. Develop ethical solutions to advance and improve the lives of citizens and organizations.
  5. Apply models that represent best practices in utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national, and international public agencies.

Find detailed information for the general specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

MPA Degree Specializations

Career options

Graduates of this program will be well-prepared for a number of occupations across an array of areas, including government and politics, health, nonprofit, and public affairs. Students can prepare for a career in a variety of roles, including:

  • City manager
  • Department head
  • Government relations officer
  • Public health administrator
  • Health department manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Budget manager
  • Operations manager
  • Management analyst
  • Head of a nongovernmental organization (NGO)
  • Human services agency manager

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.



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From fighting infectious diseases to reducing health disparities, public health professionals across the globe face new challenges every day. Read more

From fighting infectious diseases to reducing health disparities, public health professionals across the globe face new challenges every day.

Walden’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program provides the education you need to address public health issues, including:

  • A solid foundation in the core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • A global perspective on public health, enriched by the experiences of students from all over the world.
  • Interactive and enhanced media that allow students to simulate real-world public health issues and solutions.
  • A cutting-edge online environment and curriculum featuring case studies on the latest public health issues.
  • A field experience designed for an immediate impact on your career and your community.

Reflecting Walden’s decades of commitment to positive social change, the online Master of Public Health degree program prepares you to improve the health of communities and deal with health disparities within a wide range of settings.

MPH Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

Healthy communities through positive social change.

Mission

The mission of the MPH program at Walden University is to provide high-quality education that enables a public health work force of practitioners, researchers, and educators to excel at addressing public health challenges; conducting research; promoting positive social change; and assuring healthy communities at local, national, and international levels.

Goals

The program strives to fulfill its mission through excellent performance via instruction, scholarship, and service activities. The program goals for these three areas are as follows:

  1. Instructional Goal
  2. Prepare students to be competent public health professionals who contribute to positive social change through delivery of the public health core functions and essential services.
  3. Research Goal
  4. Engage in research and scholarly activities that advance the public health profession and contribute to positive social change in local and global communities.
  5. Service Goal
  6. Engage in service activities that advance the public health profession and contribute to positive social change in local and global communities.

MPH Core Values

The values that guide the work of our faculty and students include quality, professional integrity, student-centeredness, respectful engagement, cultural sensitivity, effective leadership, collaboration, social justice, and responsibility for positive social change.

Curriculum

Consistent with our commitment to continuous quality improvement, Walden University has designed the curriculum for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by leading public health organizations.

Completion Requirements

  • 64 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Core courses (51 cr.)
  • Practicum and Capstone (8 cr.)
  • ePortfolio

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Career options

Public health is an exciting and rewarding field with a wide range of career opportunities. Whether you want to design and implement health programs, develop public health policy, administer public health services, or conduct research, Walden’s MPH program provides the expertise you need to advance your career and move into roles such as:

  • Health officer
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Disease investigator
  • Public health educator
  • Public health information officer
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health policy coordinator
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response coordinator
  • Global health professional
  • Research analyst
  • Health policy advisor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health worker

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Who chooses a career in public health and why?

Public health is a wide field that attracts people from diverse educational and professional backgrounds—from mathematics undergrads who pursue careers in biostatistics to ecologists committed to protecting our environmental health to business people dedicated to improving health program administration.

Regardless of background or specialty, aspiring public health professionals are driven to make a broad, lasting impact on health, not only in their own communities but also all over the world.



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See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/cla/publicpolicy. This innovative master of science degree in science, technology, and public policy enables students to work at the intersection of engineering, science, and public policy. Read more
See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/cla/publicpolicy

This innovative master of science degree in science, technology, and public policy enables students to work at the intersection of engineering, science, and public policy. The program builds on RIT’s strengths as a technological university, enabling students to interact with faculty members and researchers who are working on scientific developments and technological innovations that drive new public policy considerations.

The program is interdisciplinary and draws significantly from disciplines and courses of study in RIT’s colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science. The program is geared toward producing graduates who will make significant contributions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

All students take a set of policy core courses that emphasize analysis, problem solving, and interdisciplinary approaches. Students work with an adviser to choose electives that focus their policy studies in a particular area, such as environmental policy, climate change policy, healthcare policy, STEM education policy, telecommunications policy, or energy policy. Typical students include those with science or engineering backgrounds seeking to broaden their career opportunities in government or business settings, as well as those with liberal arts undergraduate degrees (e.g., economics) interested in science, technology, and policy issues. Full-time students can typically finish the program in one to two years. The program prides itself on working one-on-one with students to ensure that their educational needs and academic goals are attained.

Plan of study

The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and consists of five required core courses, three elective courses, and the completion of a thesis or comprehensive exam. The thesis option allows students to work with a faculty adviser on an independent research project in their area of interest.

- Electives

Students choose three elective courses based on their interests and career goals. Courses may be offered in various colleges throughout the university, including the colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, and Science. Course selection is completed jointly with a faculty adviser and typically aims to develop a specialized area of interest for the student (e.g., biotechnology policy, environmental policy, energy policy, communications policy, etc.).

International Students

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required.

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Program Overview. Study online or in class. . The program is targeted towards both working professionals and post- baccalaureate students seeking to develop administrative and analytical skills with a global comparative perspective. Read more

Program Overview

Study online or in class. 

The program is targeted towards both working professionals and post- baccalaureate students seeking to develop administrative and analytical skills with a global comparative perspective.

Students who are enrolled full-time typically complete the degree in 21-24 months. Part-time students may take a longer period of time to complete the program’s 39 credits.


You can request more information here

Why Study Global Public Administration?

Globalization and the increasing complexities of today’s interconnected world challenge the traditional functions and boundaries of government. There is a growing call to rethink the way public administration education is provided to appropriately train future generations of public administrators, analysts, and scholars.

The urgency of global issues calls for incorporating a global perspective in the design of courses within the public administration curriculum, including:

  • questioning the relevance of existing theories when applied to global settings
  • using international case examples
  • introducing comparative global research


Learning Outcomes

Public Administration education with a global perspective will:

  • enhance students' capacity for analyzing and managing public policy problems
  • raise students' awareness of global issues, particularly of global inequity and the role that community engagement and leadership can play in designing policies to address such inequities
  • deepen students’ understanding of American public administration

International students will find the program helpful for career development in their home country, either in government or nonprofit organizations.


Career Opportunities

Graduates will be competitive public administrators, analysts, and scholars in the following careers:

  • leadership in international nongovernmental organizations like the African Leadership Forum, AIDS Action Foundation, Association for the Study of World Refugee Problems, Development Alternative Network, Red Cross/Red Crystal/Red Crescent
  • management of departments and commissions in supranational organizations like the United Nations or the World Health Organization
  • service within nonprofits and federal, state, and municipal executive branch departments with strong international orientations

International students will find the program helpful for career development in their home country, either in government or nonprofit organizations

You can request more information here


Accolades and Strengths

Pioneering and Distinctive

The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston offers the only Global Comparative Public Administration in New England.

High-quality and Affordable

U.S. News and World Report named our Global Comparative Public Administration Program as a 2017 Best Online Business Program (non-MBA). In 2016, they ranked our public administration programs #77 in the top 100 in its category. It is ranked #2 among public universities in New England. Learn more about UMass Boston rankings from U.S. News and World Report

According to College Affordability Guide, our public administration programs are ranked the most affordable in New England and in the top 50 nationwide.

Using information from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) as its guide, BestValueSchools.com published its 2015 list of the 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the United States. Noting the public service mission of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the list ranks UMass Boston 29th.

Values-Driven and Impactful

At UMass Boston, we focus our teaching, research, and service on equity, community engagement, and serving underrepresented populations.

With an emphasis on social and economic justice and effective and innovative governance, the McCormack Graduate School’s public administration programs have an international reputation for values-driven research, award-winning interdisciplinary education, and services that impacts local and global communities.

Graduate Studies in Boston

UMass Boston’s beautiful waterfront campus is located in a leading city with a high density of world-renowned colleges and universities. New England’s premier urban public research university offers its diverse students an intimate learning environment and the rich experiences of a city known for ideas, politics, history, and transformation.

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The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health (IPH) was created by the 1995 Florida Legislature with the mission of improving the health status of Florida’s diverse poor and underserved. Read more

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health (IPH) was created by the 1995 Florida Legislature with the mission of improving the health status of Florida’s diverse poor and underserved. IPH was given the authority to initially offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program. In March of 2004 and October of 2004, the FAMU Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors, respectively, approved FAMU’s development and implementation of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Degree Program

Specifically, the mission of the FAMU Public Health Program is to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service. Thus, the contribution of the FAMU Public Health Program to the public health workforce should substantially improve the health status of the diverse poor and underserved.

Mission

The mission of the FAMU Public Health Program is to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service. Thus, the contribution of the FAMU Public Health Program to the public health workforce should substantially- improve the health status of the diverse poor and underserved.

Program Values

There are seven values, concepts and ethics upon which the Public Health Program has been built. These guiding principles direct the “who we are and why we must be” of the Program. They provide the framework for determining the Program mission, goals and objectives.

These are:

  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Excellence with Caring
  • Respect for the Individual
  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Social Justice
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Community Empowerment
  • Peer Review

Honesty and Integrity: To emphasize and subscribe to the significance of dignity and ethical behavior in public health practice.

Excellence with Caring:To provide an environment that is nurturing while striving for excellence in academic performance and public health practice

Respect for the Individual:To recognize and respect each and every individual as deserving of good health and access to health care.

Equality of Opportunity:To ensure equity in maintenance of health status and access to health care.

Social Justice:To understand that responsible public health is rooted in a social justice philosophy.

Cultural Sensitivity: To embrace and celebrate a diverse public that requires acknowledgement and consideration in the design and implementation of programs and practices resulting in culturally competent public health professionals.

Community Empowerment:To promote community protection of its own health through knowledge and training.

Peer Review:To continually monitor, evaluate and review the Program’s goals and objectives based on the feedback and counsel of Program constituencies.

Program Goals

The overall goals for the Institute of Public Health are:

  • To provide quality graduate education and training in public health;
  • To advance knowledge of the cultural competencies required to decrease high risk behavior and promote healthy behavior choices;
  • To promote and advance competencies in professional development in public health.
  • To conduct research that provides an evidence base for improving the health of those who bear a disproportionate burden of disease;
  • To disseminate and translate research knowledge and findings gained to all public health stakeholders and the community at large.
  • To encourage effective health promotion and disease prevention measures through proactive community outreach efforts statewide;
  • To contribute to the development of effective public health policy for Florida’s poor and underserved populations;
  • To contribute to the development of a sustainable, culturally competent public health workforce
  • To strengthen existing partnerships and establish new sustainable service linkages with university, local, state, and national agencies and organizations


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The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health (IPH) was created by the 1995 Florida Legislature with the mission of improving the health status of Florida’s diverse poor and underserved. Read more

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health (IPH) was created by the 1995 Florida Legislature with the mission of improving the health status of Florida’s diverse poor and underserved. IPH was given the authority to initially offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program. In March of 2004 and October of 2004, the FAMU Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors, respectively, approved FAMU’s development and implementation of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Degree Program

Specifically, the mission of the FAMU Public Health Program is to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service. Thus, the contribution of the FAMU Public Health Program to the public health workforce should substantially improve the health status of the diverse poor and underserved.

Mission

The mission of the FAMU Public Health Program is to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service. Thus, the contribution of the FAMU Public Health Program to the public health workforce should substantially- improve the health status of the diverse poor and underserved.

Program Values

There are seven values, concepts and ethics upon which the Public Health Program has been built. These guiding principles direct the “who we are and why we must be” of the Program. They provide the framework for determining the Program mission, goals and objectives.

These are:

  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Excellence with Caring
  • Respect for the Individual
  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Social Justice
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Community Empowerment
  • Peer Review

Honesty and Integrity: To emphasize and subscribe to the significance of dignity and ethical behavior in public health practice.

Excellence with Caring:To provide an environment that is nurturing while striving for excellence in academic performance and public health practice

Respect for the Individual:To recognize and respect each and every individual as deserving of good health and access to health care.

Equality of Opportunity:To ensure equity in maintenance of health status and access to health care.

Social Justice:To understand that responsible public health is rooted in a social justice philosophy.

Cultural Sensitivity: To embrace and celebrate a diverse public that requires acknowledgement and consideration in the design and implementation of programs and practices resulting in culturally competent public health professionals.

Community Empowerment:To promote community protection of its own health through knowledge and training.

Peer Review:To continually monitor, evaluate and review the Program’s goals and objectives based on the feedback and counsel of Program constituencies.

Program Goals

The overall goals for the Institute of Public Health are:

  • To provide quality graduate education and training in public health;
  • To advance knowledge of the cultural competencies required to decrease high risk behavior and promote healthy behavior choices;
  • To promote and advance competencies in professional development in public health.
  • To conduct research that provides an evidence base for improving the health of those who bear a disproportionate burden of disease;
  • To disseminate and translate research knowledge and findings gained to all public health stakeholders and the community at large.
  • To encourage effective health promotion and disease prevention measures through proactive community outreach efforts statewide;
  • To contribute to the development of effective public health policy for Florida’s poor and underserved populations;
  • To contribute to the development of a sustainable, culturally competent public health workforce
  • To strengthen existing partnerships and establish new sustainable service linkages with university, local, state, and national agencies and organizations


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Why the MPA degree?. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the preferred degree if you are seeking a career in public service. Read more

Why the MPA degree?

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the preferred degree if you are seeking a career in public service. The MPA degree prepares students to be effective leaders, managers, and analysts in a wide range of public and nonprofit agencies and is universally recognized by prospective public and nonprofit employers.

Why the UTC MPA degree?

The UTC MPA program offers several strengths:

  • Our courses focus on equipping students with the knowledge and skills that they will need in their careers. This certainly includes learning important theories about different aspects of public administration because these theories are important tools for making sense of the complex tasks faced by public administrators. We are mindful, though, that we are not a “pre-Ph.D.” program. While students interested in pursuing doctorates are well prepared for that path, our primary purpose is preparing students for skillful public service.
  • All of our faculty are qualified both academically and through diverse professional experience as public administration practitioners. None of our courses are taught by graduate students.
  • The Chattanooga region is a great classroom. The area is known for innovations in local government management, a robust nonprofit sector, and creative collaboration among the region’s government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. (And Chattanooga is a great place to live, too!)
  • Our MPA students have the opportunity to prepare and test for the Certified Municipal Finance Officer exam, which opens up many opportunities for students interested in local government management.
  • We offer a predictable schedule that meets the needs of students who work traditional 8-5 jobs and enables all of our students to chart a clear path to program completion, whether in two years for our full-time students or longer for our part-time students. Review of completion rates for the 2012 fall semester cohort shows that 38% of students completed the program in two academic years, and 69% graduated within three academic years.
  • Our classes are quite small, generally ranging from 8 to 15 students, giving students access to their professors and cultivating a rich, interactive, supportive learning community.
  • The UTC MPA program is the only NASPAA-accredited program in east Tennessee, providing assurance that the program has met rigorous, globally recognized standards for quality.

Where do our graduates work?

The post-graduate experiences of our alumni demonstrate the wide applicability of the MPA degree. Graduates of UTC’s Master of Public Administration program find careers in a variety of settings, ranging from leadership positions in nonprofit agencies, to city and county management, to health care and insurance organizations, to local and regional planning. Some serve in higher education administration while others go on to doctoral studies and careers in academia. Some have built careers serving with the federal government or in the private sector. 

MPA Curriculum

Class scheduling

The MPA curriculum is delivered through traditional classroom courses, online courses, and hybrid courses (half online, half in classroom). Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of students working during the day. Traditional classroom courses meet once per week, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays; hybrid courses meet on these evenings, but every other week.

Courses are scheduled on a predictable rotation so that full-time students (usually three courses per semester, fall and spring) can complete the degree in two academic years. Part-time students usually complete the program within three or four years.

MPA courses and optional concentrations

MPA students complete eight core courses and four elective courses. Students without previous management experience in a public agency or nonprofit organization also complete a 300-hour internship.

The eight core courses (and their modes of delivery) are:

  • Public Administration Foundations (classroom)
  • Organizational Theory and Administrative Behavior (hybrid)
  • Public Administration Research and Analysis (classroom)
  • Program Planning and Evaluation (hybrid)
  • Budgeting and Finance in Public Agencies (classroom)
  • Human Resources Management in Public Agencies (hybrid)
  • Public Policy (classroom)
  • Applications in Public Administration, our capstone course (hybrid)

Students choose how to make the most of their four elective courses from three options. Students may use the elective courses toward one of two optional concentrations: 

(1) Local Government Management concentration

(2) Nonprofit Management concentration

Or, (3) students pursuing the generalist MPA degree select elective courses to meet their professional development goals in consultation with the MPA program coordinator. In addition to the MPA courses, these elective courses may include options from other UTC graduate programs with permission of their program coordinators.

Descriptions of MPA courses are available in the graduate catalog. Please note that the website may include minor changes to the curriculum that are not yet reflected in the catalog.

Accreditation

The UTC MPA program is the only NASPAA-accredited program in east Tennessee. NASPAA is the recognized global accrediting agency for MPA programs. Accreditation requires meeting high standards of public service education recognized across the public administration profession.



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Our MA in Urban and Public Affairs program trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change. Read more

Our MA in Urban and Public Affairs program trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change.

Our program combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology, and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, advocacy and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas, inspired through thoughtful engagement with the theory and practice of social justice.

Internship - gain hands-on experience in the field and build a network of professional contacts

Career Opportunities - supported by academic and field mentorship, and leadership development

Distinguished Faculty - comprised of both leading academics and accomplished professionals and practitioners in the field

Learning Outcomes

Student will:

  • Master foundational concepts of urban history, sociology, and politics, and demonstrate the capacity to apply these ideas in real-world settings
  • Demonstrate expertise in one or more areas of urban public policy
  • Contemplate models of social change and social justice while developing the requisite skills and knowledge to actuate change
  • Apply knowledge gained in the classroom in various and diverse community settings
  • Apply knowledge gained in the community to inform classroom learning and scholarship
  • Build networks through interactions with professionals from fields including public policy, advocacy, community organizing, and public service
  • Engage in meaningful career planning through both self reflection as well as through interactions with colleagues and professionals in the field
  • Contribute to the public discourse around contemporary urban policy issues
  • Demonstrate professional skills in writing, urban and participatory research, and policy analysis
  • Propose, design, and implement a research project that combines the conceptual and practical tools provided by the program

You can request more information by visiting our website

San Francisco Advantage

Our program is uniquely situated at the center of San Francisco Bay Area politics. The Bay Area is well known nationally for pioneering policy measures on environmental issues, gay rights, housing policy, and many other urgent social justice concerns. Students engage in the vibrant living classroom of the region, developing practical research and policy development



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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Master of Public Health (MPH) in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control is a two-year, interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. Read more

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Master of Public Health (MPH) in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control is a two-year, interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. This unique program is dedicated to educating and training future public health professionals to be leaders and innovators committed to combating chronic diseases through an environment rich in learning, community engagement and service. 

Located in the heart of metropolitan Chattanooga, we are escalating efforts to address the growth of chronic diseases in pursuit of creating a healthier, more vibrant community. We are redefining ways to approach public health issues by working across systems to prevent and mitigate the impact of chronic diseases on our society. Whether in the classroom or in the community, we train professionals to promote healthy lifestyles to individuals in diverse communities locally, nationally and globally.

This is a critical time for public health. We seek compassionate, dedicated, aspiring leaders to fulfill this growing workforce. Are you ready to embark on a satisfying and impactful career in public health?

Mission

We seek to engage students in applied, integrated experiences that equip them to take an active role in providing public health leadership within the communities they serve. As a program, we strive to promote health equity and reduce health disparities through community-engaged experiences and collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches with the ultimate goal of preventing premature disability and death from chronic diseases. 

Vision

Equipping public health leaders to prevent chronic disease through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and healthy communities.

Program Overview

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, are now responsible for the greatest proportion of deaths in the United States and globally. In addition to their effect on mortality, chronic diseases have an enormous impact on disability, quality of life, lost productivity and are a major contributor to health disparities. The economic costs of chronic diseases create an enormous burden on individuals, the communities they live in and our health systems.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga trains public health practitioners and researchers to serve as leaders in public and private health agencies in the prevention and control of chronic diseases. The program draws upon the strengths of faculty within the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies, as well as leaders across campus including the University of Tennessee Medical College, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Learning and Leadership, Social Work, Business Management, Political Science and Public Service and Psychology. 

Our MPH program in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control integrates a biological, behavioral, and ecological perspective to understand how physical activity, proper nutrition and other health behaviors impact the development of chronic diseases at the community, national, and global level. Our program of study:

  • strategically aligns with the core functions in public health (assessment, policy development, and assurance)
  • provides exposure to conducting essential public health services in a variety of settings,
  • trains students to be innovators, advocates and leaders in addressing problems related to chronic disease,
  • engages students in collaboration with community partners at every step of their training.

A major focus of our MPH program is to connect students to a multitude of experiences working directly with community partners to apply classroom learning in real world settings. Our students are immersed in public health experiences in large health systems, community health centers, parks departments and local non-profit organizations to combat the growth of chronic diseases in urban and rural communities across southeastern Tennessee.

Our Curriculum

The UTC Master in Public Health is a rigorous, professional training program that is a purposeful mix of classroom-based learning and applied field experiences. Our goal is to provide training essential for working in public health and chronic disease prevention settings. Course material is continually reinforced and expanded upon in subsequent classes and applied in different public health settings.

Our core MPH classes are designed as in-person, face-to-face meetings to enhance interactions and sharing of experiences. Students will progress through the program as a cohort to ensure that they receive the highest level of academic and logistical support in graduating in a timely fashion. Students engage in a tight knit, learning community and develop bonds with other cohort members. These relationships serve as the foundation for professional networks that extend beyond the classroom and significantly enhance their future career development and professional advancement. Classes are scheduled in the evening to allow greater flexibility for working professionals. While core classes meet face-to-face, several elective courses are available online to allow for greater flexibility and freedom in designing a customized program of study.



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This is an exciting time to pursue a public service career and the demand for motivated, knowledgeable and skilled professionals continues to grow. Read more

A Message to Prospective Students

This is an exciting time to pursue a public service career and the demand for motivated, knowledgeable and skilled professionals continues to grow. If you have a passion for public service and a desire to improve your community through professional service in the public or non-profit sector, we invite you to look more closely at what the Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University has to offer. We offer a variety of academic program options, all centered around our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program which is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

The focus of the MPA program at Binghamton University is to prepare people to handle the growing challenges facing local governments and nonprofit organizations in communities near and far. The department brings together the energy and expertise of faculty and staff who have active research agendas, strong records of community service and growing national and international reputations. Our diverse student body includes recent graduates of some of the top undergraduate institutions in the United States, representatives from a variety of other countries, as well as practicing public administrators with many years of professional experience.

The MPA

The MPA Program is a 42 credit hour program, comprised of:
- a core of seven courses (25 credits) where students are introduced to the knowledge and skills they need for professional public service
- a three-course (9 credits) specialization or set of electives
- two courses (3 credits) to practice application of learning
- a culminating experience consisting of two courses (5 credits) to demonstrate competencies.

It typically takes full-time students 2 years to complete our MPA Program.

COURSES

Core Courses
1. PAFF 510 - Research Design & Methods (4 credits)
2. PAFF 521 - Foundations of Public Service (4 credits)
3. PAFF 520 - 21st Century Governance (4 credits)
4. PAFF 527 - Budgeting & Financial Management (4 credits)
5. Evidence-Based Decision Making (4 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Survey Research, and Performance Analysis.
6. Managing People in Organizations (3 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Human Resource Management, Organization Theory, Organization Behavior, and Managing Networks.
7. PAFF 526 - Managing Information and Technology (2 credits)

SPECIALIZATION OR ELECTIVES
(3 courses = 9 credits)

Three specializations are available within the Department of Public Administration:
Nonprofit Management & Leadership
Local Government Management & Leadership
Sustainable Communities

The Department also has relations with the School of Nursing for students interested in Health Policy Administration, and with the Department of Geography for students interested in Environmental Policy. Dual degree students complete specialization/elective courses in the discipline of their other degree. Additionally, students are offered the opportunity to choose elective courses suited to their specialized academic interests from various other graduate academic departments.

APPLICATION OF LEARNING
PAFF 594 - Internship (2 credits)
PAFF 591 - Problem Definition (1 credit)
CULMINATING EXPERIENCES/DEMONSTRATION OF COMPETENCIES
PAFF 595 - Capstone Project (3 credits)
PAFF 590 - Praxis through Cases (2 credits)

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee

- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended

- Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

- The GRE is not required.
If GRE scores are submitted, the admissions committee evaluates them by averaging the applicant's quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing scores.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

The department

The health care industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy, with projected growth of 22 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the industry expands and evolves, there is increasing demand for skilled health care and public administration professionals to manage business operations and ensure high-quality care.

The Department of Health Care and Public Administration offers undergraduates and graduate degree programs that prepare you for in-demand leadership positions in hospitals and nursing homes, county, city, town, village government offices, school districts, and federal and state agencies.

Instructed by dedicated faculty, our programs stress leadership, problem-solving skills, ethical concerns, legal regulations, and cutting-edge information technology and computer-based management systems. Our M.P.A. in Public Administration is the only program on Long Island accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The master’s and dual-degree programs offer advanced training in many essential functions in the management of health care and public service operations, including budgeting and finance, regulatory and legal compliance, policy, and human resources administration.

M.P.A. in Public Administration

The M.P.A. in Public Administration prepares you for a wide range of managerial and leadership positions in local, state and national government, the law, and non-profit organizations. For administrators already employed in public service, this 42-credit program provides opportunities to improve your administrative skills, pursue a specific area of interest and prepare for increasing levels of responsibility and management.

The required foundation courses include “Principles of Public Administration,” “Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector,” “Computer-based Management Systems” and “The Policy Process in Health Care and Public Administration.”

In the Advanced Core Curriculum you will explore various aspects of public sector administration, including “Human Resource Administration,” “Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance,” and “Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment.” Nine credits of electives and a thesis complete this comprehensive course of study.

The M.P.A. degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

A specialization in Nonprofit Management is available.

The M.P.A. program at LIU Post prepares students for service in executive and managerial-level positions public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Our graduates are currently serving in the hospitals and health care practices; local and national nonprofits; and local, state, and federal government positions.

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The MPH program is the result of a longstanding collaboration between the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) and the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). Read more

The MPH program is the result of a longstanding collaboration between the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) and the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). The degree is conferred by the Rutgers School of Public Health. Individuals wishing admission to the MPH program must apply to the Department of Urban Health Administration in the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH).

Students in this program take classes at both Newark-based schools. Candidates for the MPH degree complete 45 credits of coursework, which includes 21 credits taken in the School of Public Health (the MPH core), 12 specialization credits, 9 of which are taken at SPAA (specialization requirements in the SPH Department of Urban Health Administration), and 12 elective credits as approved by the student’s advisor.

The MPH program prepares students for leadership in the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of organizations and programs that address the public health needs of urban and disadvantaged populations. Students in this program receive a solid foundation in public health, and also learn best practices in public administration, gaining knowledge about the creation and maintenance of effective, efficient, responsive, and ethical public health organizations and programs.

Curriculum

Candidates for the MPH degree complete 45 credits of coursework, which includes 21 credits taken in the School of Public Health (the MPH core), 12 specialization credits, 9 of which are taken at SPAA (specialization requirements in the SPH Department of Urban Health Administration), and 12 elective credits as approved by the student’s advisor.

MPH Core Courses (15 credits/5 classes)

  • PHCO 0501: Health Systems and Policy (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0502: Principles and Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0503: Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0504: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0505: Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health (3 credits)

Urban Health Administration Core Courses (12 credits)

  • URHA 1682 (20:834:582): Health Care Management, or
  • HPAA (20:834:570): Theory and Practice of Non-Profit Management (3 credits)
  • URHA 1543 (20:834:543): Public Financial Management, or
  • HPAA (20:834:571): Non-Profit Budgeting, or
  • HPAA (20:834:542): Public Budgeting Systems (3 credits)
  • URHA 1563 (20:834:562): Applied Research Design (3 credits)
  • QNME 0584: Computing II: Epi Info (1 credit)
  • QNME 0587: Introduction to SAS Data in Public Health (2 credits)

Urban Health Administration Elective Course (12 credits)

Students take elective courses in public health and public administration as approved by their advisor.

Fieldwork (6 credits)

  • FDWC 0600: Fieldwork I (1 credit)
  • FDWC 0601-0606: Fieldwork II (5 credits)


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Students in our. Public and Urban Policy. master's program ask questions that challenge conventional policy definitions to rethink critical urban issues. Read more

Students in our Public and Urban Policy master's program ask questions that challenge conventional policy definitions to rethink critical urban issues.

Partner with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations to design creative solutions to real-world urban policy issues. Work within a community of scholar-practitioners to put theory into practice in the intensive Urban Policy Lab, and challenge the status quo to create initiatives that drive real innovation in social and urban policy.

Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

Program Highlights

  • Work on policy or management issues for government officials and nonprofit executives in applied, client-centered courses.
  • Join conversations around pressing issues including democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, social equity, sustainability, migration, and globalization.
  • Use New York City as your local laboratory to explore the challenges faced by cities across the country and around the world.
  • Work in teams to tackle two major projects with public-sector and nonprofit clients as early as your second semester—in the Urban Policy Lab. 


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Address urgent global issues, find just solutions for all communities. The New School is at the forefront of addressing global environmental issues, thanks to Milano's Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. Read more

Address urgent global issues, find just solutions for all communities.

The New School is at the forefront of addressing global environmental issues, thanks to Milano's Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. This program is designed to turn students' passion for environmental change and sustainability into careers with impact. Our students benefit from small, customized classes, a rigorous program of critical theory and practice, and close attention from a faculty engaged in research, scholarship, and cutting-edge professional practice. Our practice-based learning places students front and center alongside organizations working on the most pressing environmental issues of our time, from climate change and environmental justice to food systems and sustainable development.

Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management students also have access to the Tishman Environment and Design Center, a university-wide institute committed to bringing an interdisciplinary and environmental justice approach to contemporary environmental challenges. The Tishman Center's Student Scholars program provides a competitive grant that funds student-designed research and projects related to climate change, environmental, or sustainability issues. Students in the program also benefit from an array of courses and programs throughout the university, including the International Field Program, graduate courses across a variety of disciplines like economics and media studies, sustainable design at Parsons, and other Milano courses in management and policy.

Positive Real-World Impact

While studying in New York City — a global hub for major environmental and sustainability organizations — our students tackle real-world challenges at government institutions, corporations, small, innovative start-ups, companies, and nonprofits throughout the city. The EPSM program culminates in a capstone project in which students bring their knowledge and critical perspectives to a real-world challenge. For a sample of recent capstone projects, visit the Milano School blog.

Program Flexibility and Customization

Students customize their course of study in consultation with a program advisor, focusing broadly on either environmental policy or sustainability management. The program also offers further areas of specialization, including the option for students to create their own specialization by taking elective courses from across the university. The program is flexible and convenient for working professionals as well as recent college graduates. Students can study full-time and complete the program in two years, or study part-time for three to five years. There are numerous external scholarships available to graduate students with an environmental focus.

Career Paths and Professional Development

The EPSM faculty works closely with each student to provide mentorship and guidance as they explore their professional development goals. Faculty with extensive professional experience help students learn about environmental and sustainability careers and provide connections to networks of peers and professional organizations that can lead to future opportunities. The Milano School also has specialized career services staff that advise students and graduates as they search for internships, fellowships, and employment opportunities.

Students will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors, including government, nonprofits, advocacy and social change organizations, policy and research institutes, as well as and corporate and other private sector firms. EPSM graduates hold such positions as Director of Environment and Sustainability at Information Technology Industry Council, Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Orlando, Chief Sustainability Officer for the town of North Hempstead, NY; Green Business Support Specialist at the Center for Eco Technology; and Project Manager at the Sustainable Development Solutions Center. Others have started their own businesses or consulting firms, or have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees. See where some of our alumni are working. These alumni stay connected through a robust online Alumni Network group and the program hosts an annual on-campus Alumni and Student Mixer to strengthen the connections our students have with professionals pursuing their passion in the environmental field.

Internship

Internships enable students to acquire firsthand knowledge and skills that complement their degree. Full-time students who enter the program without related work experience and those planning a career change are required to complete a noncredit professional internship (400–900 hours).



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