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Concentrations


The following lists the concentrations and their descriptions, along with suggested elective courses to support each concentration. Students who choose a concentration must take a minimum of three courses from their concentration’s listing of courses. Additionally, a student may design a concentration not listed below in consultation with his/her advisor and the PSAA department head. Course offerings are subject to availability in particular semesters.

Concentration Topics:

Analytical Methods (AM)
Education Policy and Management (EDPM)
Energy, Environment, and Technology Policy and Management (EETPM)
Health Policy and Management (HPM)
International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGO)
Security Policy and Management (SPM)
State and Local Government Policy and Management (SLGPM)

Analytical Methods (AM)

Associated faculty: Lahey (coordinator), Bright, Bullock, Cortes, Mumpower, L. Taylor

This concentration provides an analytic toolbox for effective program and policy analysis. It uses quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis and implementation of such analysis in both policy and administrative settings.

AM Core Course (Choose at least one. Must be in addition to the track Quantitative Methods II requirement.):

  • BUSH 632: Quantitative Methods II
  • BUSH 635: Quantitative Methods II: Policy Analysis Emphasis
  • PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • INTA 689: Field Research Methods

Technical Methods Elective (Choose no more than one.):

  • ECON 459: Games and Economic Behavior
  • ECON 449: Economics of Decision-Making Strategy
  • ECON 440: Experimental Economics
  • MATH 411: Mathematical Probability

Practical Methods Electives (Choose at least one unless AM core courses are used to meet all concentration requirements.):

  • INTA 625: International Trade Policy
  • INTA 632: Advanced Economic Development
  • ECMT 475: Economic Forecasting
  • EPSY 640: Experimental Design in Education I
  • HLTH 632: Health Program Evaluation
  • EPSY 637 or SOCI 624: Qualitative Methods
  • PHEB 603: Biostatistics II

More advanced methods theory courses from Economics, Political Science, or Statistics (or selected other programs) can be included as technical electives with permission from your academic advisor. Practical methods courses not on this list can be used with advisor permission provided that the course has a significant empirical component.


Education Policy and Management (EDPM)

Associated faculty: L. Taylor (coordinator), Cortes

This concentration examines the key institutions that make and administer education policy, the political and economic forces that shape education policy at all levels, and the implications of policy for educational equity, adequacy, accountability, and administration.

EDPM Core Course (Choose one):

  • PSAA 613: Immigration and Education Policy
  • PSAA 618: Education Policy

EDPM Electives (choose two):

  • PSAA 613 or 618 (if not used as EDPM core course)
  • PSAA 616: Managing Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 636: Grant & Project Management in Public and Nonprofit Sector
  • PSAA 642: Ethics and Public Policy
  • EDAD 609: Public School Law
  • EDAD 610: Higher Education Law
  • EDAD 611: Higher Education Business and Finance
  • EDAD 612: Policy Issues in the Administration of Higher Education
  • EDAD 639: Foundations of Educational Admin
  • EDAD 652: Politics of Education
  • EDAD 653: Organizational Theory & Leadership in Education
  • EDAD 655: Administration of Higher Education
  • EDAD 687: Principles of Professional Practice in Education
  • EHRD 633: Adult Literacy Education
  • EPSY 640: Experimental Design in Education I


Energy, Environment and Technology Policy and Management (EETPM)

Associated faculty: Portney (coordinator), Bowman, Griffin, Mumpower, Vedlitz

This concentration studies the key institutions for making and administering policy, as well as the political, economic, and technological forces that shape agenda setting and policy formation. Also discussed are obstacles to effective policy implementation and management, analytical tools that can be used to evaluate policy, and critical issues and how they are interrelated.

EETPM Core Courses (Two required):

  • PSAA 606: Environmental Policy and Management
  • PSAA 640: Energy and Security Policy
  • PSAA 671: Science and Technology Policy

EETPM Electives (Choose one):

  • PSAA 606, 640, or 671 (If not used as an EETPM core course)
  • PSAA 624: Water Policy and Management
  • PSAA 625: Urban Sustainability and Management
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Mgmt. in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PSAA 663: Natural Resource Economics (cross-listed with AGEC 604)
  • PSAA 689: Markets and Government
  • ESSM 689: Changing Natural Resources Policy
  • LDEV 661: Development and the Environment
  • LDEV 671: Sustainable Development
  • MGMT 632: Technology Commercialization
  • OCNG 676: Marine Environmental Policy
  • PLAN 616: Analyzing Risk/Hazard and Public Policy
  • PLAN 641: Problems of Environmental Planning Administration
  • PLAN 651: Planning for Coastal and Marine Protected Areas
  • WFSC 604: Ecology and National Resources


Health Policy and Management (HPM)

Associated faculty: Lahey (coordinator), Dague

This concentration covers the key institutions for making and administering health policy and the political/economic forces that shape agenda setting and policy formation. Also studied are obstacles to effective policy implementation and the analytical tools that can be used to evaluate policy, as well to provide an understanding of critical issues and how they are interrelated.

HPM Core Course (Choose one):

  • PSAA 635: Social Welfare and Health Policy
  • PSAA 638: Health Economics and Public Policy

HPM Electives (Choose two):

  • BUSH 635: Quantitative Methods II: Policy Emphasis (if not used as PPA track Quant. Methods II requirement)
  • OR PSAA 630: Program Evaluation (if not used as PM or NPM track Quant. Methods II requirement)
  • PSAA 635 or 638 (if not used as HPM core course)
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • HLTH 611: Organization and Administration of Health
  • HLTH 630: Health Program Planning
  • PHEB 600: Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • PHPM 601: Rural Public Health Systems
  • PHPM 605: Introduction to Health Policy and Management
  • PHPM 633: Health, Law and Ethics
  • PHPM 640: Health Policy and Politics
  • PLAN 631: Health Systems Planning
  • PLAN 634: Environmental Health Planning and Policy

Note: PHPM 601 and PHPM 605 are prerequisites for many additional PHPM classes. Students interested in more advanced PHPM management and policy classes should discuss them with their advisor and with the relevant PHPM professor.


International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGO)

Associated faculty: Hilderbrand (coordinator), Brown, Hamie, Mu, Paarlberg, Qu, Robertson

This concentration provides relevant coursework and preparation for work in international nongovernmental organizations or non-profits working in non-US settings, or for work focused on improving the effectiveness of such organizations.

INGO Core Course (Required):

  • PSAA 603: Nongovernmental Management in International Settings

INGO Electives (Choose two. At least one must be an INTA course. Students in the NPM track should choose two INTA courses.):

  • PSAA 614: Governance and Institutional Reform: A Comparative Perspective
  • PSAA 626: Contract Management
  • PSAA 630: Program Evaluation (if not used as the PM or NPM track Quant. Methods II requirement)
  • PSAA 632: Fiscal Mgmt. of Nonprofits (if not used as NPM track core course)
  • PSAA 633: Philanthropy and Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Management
  • PSAA 644: Management of Nonprofits (if not used as NPM track core course)
  • PSAA 650: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • PSAA 689: Nonprofit Governance
  • INTA 630: International Economic Development
  • INTA 632: Advanced Economic Development
  • INTA 634: Politics and Development Policies
  • INTA 636: International Development in Theory and Practice
  • INTA 689: International Organizations
  • INTA 689: Post-war Recovery and Development Interventions
  • ALEC 645: Initiating and Managing Projects of Intl. Agricultural Development
  • RPTS 604: Principles of Community and Community Development
  • RPTS 605: Community Organization


Security Policy and Management (SPM)

Associated faculty: Davis (coordinator), Griffin, McIntyre, Mumpower

This concentration provided a thorough examination of security policy and management concepts and principles, governance structures, strategies, policies, and contemporary events and their implications. Homeland security, national defense, and emergency management areas are emphasized.

SPM Core Courses:

  • PSAA 656: Fundamentals of Homeland Security

SPM Electives (Choose two):

  • PSAA 604: Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • PSAA 605: Homeland Security Policies, Strategies and Operations
  • PSAA 608: Cyber Security for Managers
  • PSAA 620: Safeguarding the Nation’s Maritime Gateways
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Mgmt. in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PSAA 640: Energy and Security Policy
  • PSAA 651: Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
  • PSAA 652: Protection of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
  • PSAA 653: Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • PSAA 654: U.S. Border Security: Policies, Strategies and Issues
  • PSAA 655: Domestic Intelligence Operations
  • PSAA 657/INTA 657: Terrorism in Today’s World
  • PSAA 658: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • PSAA 660: Domestic Terrorism: The Internal Threat to America
  • PSAA 668/INTA 612: U.S. Law and Homeland Security
  • PLAN 616: Analyzing Risk/Hazard and Public Policy
  • PLAN 649: Organizational and Community Response to Crisis and Disasters
  • PLAN 650: Disaster Response Planning


State & Local Government Policy and Management (SLGPM)

Associated faculty: Bowman (coordinator), Bearfield, Bright, Cortes, Graham, Kerr, Lahey, Taylor

This concentration explores the institutional structure of state and local government and how it varies among jurisdictions. Topics discussed include politics and management at the state and local level, the prerogatives and limitations of state and local governments in different policy areas, the role of state and local governments in implementing federal programs, and critical issues facing said governments.

SLGPM Core Course (Required):

  • State and Local Government: Institutions and Policy

SLGPM Course Required of PPA track students (Choose one):

  • PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public & Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 648: Performance Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors

SLGPM Course Required of PM or NPM track students (Choose one):

  • PSAA 641: Organization Theory for the Public Sector
  • PSAA 661: Human Resource Management

SLGPM Electives (Choose one):

  • PSAA 613: Immigration and Education Policy
  • PSAA 616: Managing Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 618: Education Policy
  • PSAA 619: U.S. Urban Policy and Management
  • PSAA 625: Urban Sustainability and Management
  • PSAA 626: Contract Management
  • PSAA 635: Social Welfare and Health Policy
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Mgmt. in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PSAA 642: Ethics and Public Policy
  • PSAA 646: Accountability in Public Service
  • EDAD 620: Educational Program Evaluation
  • EDAD 652: Politics of Education
  • GEOG 660: Applications in Geographic Information Systems
  • LDEV 671: Sustainable Development
  • MGMT 658: Managing Projects
  • PLAN 610: Structure and Function of Urban Settlements
  • PLAN 612: Transportation in City Planning
  • PLAN 633: Planning for Healthy Communities
  • PLAN 656: Housing and Communities
  • RPTS 604: Principles of Community and Community Development


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