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Program Director: Alice McDonnell, M.P.A., Dr. P.H.

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Program

Program Objectives

The general purpose of the M.P.A., M.H.S.A., and Gerontology programs at Marywood is the administrative training of men and women concerned with the provision of public, health, and human services. Specifically, the programs strive:

  1. To expose participants to a wide range of administrative and managerial problems, processes, practices, and responsibilities involved in providing public, health, and human services.
  2. To prepare participants in planning, organizing, staffing, and generally implementing and administering public, health and human services.
  3. To facilitate the participant’s understanding and command of basic theories of management and supervision and applied social science theory related to the delivery of public, health, and human services.
  4. To help participants develop analytical and evaluation skills and techniques leading to effective managerial decision-making applied to the complex task of providing public, health, and human services.
  5. To help participants develop an awareness of equity and public interest concerns and the political process in which they arise.
  6. To provide advanced education in management issues related to the provision of nonprofit services.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), as well as the Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.), and the Master’s in Gerontology (M.S.) provide entry-level, post-entry-level, and mid-career participants from a variety of public, health, and human service settings with practical directed experiences involving use of case studies, simulations, group discussion and analyses, interpersonal development exercises, audio-visual media, field observation, and intensive coursework.

Degree Program Overview

The M.P.A. degree is a broad area professional degree which focuses on management skills. A healthy organization results from excellence in management, a product of the Marywood M.P.A. program.

Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work Overview

The Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work is a dual degree program designed to assure the acquisition of both management and social work skills necessary for competence as a manager/administrator in the social work field. Today social workers must be knowledgeable in managerial and administrative problems, processes, practices, and responsibilities in their role as middle managers, administrators, department heads, and in other similar capacities. The M.P.A. curriculum follows National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration guidelines and the M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Upon successful completion of the M.P.A./M.S.W., a graduate will be qualified to accept a middle management position such as social work director or program administrator in a community program.

Admission to the M.P.A./M.S.W. program will be on a selective basis. The prerequisites and admission process will follow that of the College of Health and Human Services and the School of Social Work and Administrative Studies.

A Professional Contribution is required as an application of the theoretical base to a practical situation. The guidelines for the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration will be followed.

Departmental Admissions Requirements

  1. The admissions application, two references and official transcript from previous educational programs, along with an essay describing the reasons why the applicant wishes to pursue a particular program.
  2. The GRE is recommended but not required.

Other Requirements of M.P.A.

Each student is required to discuss with his/her assigned faculty advisor the application essay which outlines career goals and objectives and their relationship to the M.P.A.

After completion of class coursework, a candidate must take the Professional Development Seminar. Any candidate who cannot demonstrate a clear record of administrative responsibility must pursue a three-credit-hour field internship in addition to, and in conjunction with, the Practitioner’s Seminar. A field internship must be arranged six months prior to its intended commencement. Internships in public, human, and health service agencies each consist of up to twelve weeks of full-time employment or their equivalency, on an extended, part-time basis.

The Practitioner’s Seminar/Internship is an exceptional feature of the program, providing each student with an opportunity to apply concepts from coursework.

The Professional Contribution is a closure requirement which provides the student with an opportunity to work with faculty on a research project. The Professional Contribution applies theoretical knowledge to a practical situation. Refer to detailed guidelines for closure requirements.

The course on Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management provides a foundation of knowledge about behavior in public organizational settings. This required course affords an opportunity for self-appraisal of one’s practices from a behavioral science perspective, thereby providing a base for enlightened choice and change, i.e. personal and organizational.

M.P.A. students interested in Criminal Justice may take Criminal Justice courses as electives. (See M.S. in Criminal Justice.)

M.P.A. Program

39 Semester Hours

Follows the curriculum of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (N.A.S.P.A.A.)

I. REQUIRED COURSES

24 semester hours

PUB 501 Dimensions of Public Administration 3
PUB 502 Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management 3
PUB 505 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 506 Research Theory 3
PUB 507 Organizational Dynamics 3
PUB 518 Policy and Program Analysis 3
PUB 519 Administrative Law 3
PUB 555 Professional Contribution/Research Design 0
PUB 599 Practitioner’s Seminar in Administration* 3

*Note: Any participant lacking administrative work experience is required to pursue a field internship for an additional three credit hours, for a total of 42 semester hours. A waiver request must be submitted to the program director.

II. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – GENERAL CONCENTRATION

15 semester hours

PUB 508 Human Resources Administration and Personnel Systems 3
PUB 510 Organizational Communication 3
PUB 511 Ethics in Management 3
PUB 512 The Grantsmanship Process 3
PUB 513 Strategic Planning 3
PUB 522 State and Local Administration 3
PUB 523 Public Sector Labor Relations 3
PUB 552 Computer Application of Social Science Data 3
PUB 579 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3
PUB 581 Issues of Governance in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 582 Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 583 Strategic Marketing 3
PUB 585 Program Assessment and Evaluation 3
PUB 598 Special Topics (Intensive short courses, variable credit)*

*A maximum of 9 hours of pass credit can be applied to M.P.A. degree requirements. Any courses within the Master of Health Services Administration degree may be used for general electives upon consultation and approval by the Program Director.

Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work

81 semester hours

This program is designed for those who wish to combine the development of administrative and managerial expertise with knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession. The joint focus on public interest, policy, and management prepares students for a range of professional options and opportunities. Participation in the dual degree program permits a student to earn the Master of Public Administration degree and the M.S.W. degree in a manner that expedites the time required by crediting work undertaken for one degree to the requirements of the other.

Interested students must make application for admission to both programs.

Social Work Classroom Credits: 39

MSW Classroom Credits (36 semester hours)

SW 501 Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
3
SW 502 Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups
3
SW 503 Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3
SW 504 Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SW 505 Practice V: Administration in Social Work 3
SW 506 Practice VI: Culminating Integrative Seminar 3
SW 601 Human Behavior I 3
SW 621 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology
3
SW 701 Research I
3
SW 702 Research II
3
SW 801 Social Justice, Welfare Policy and Professional Legacy
3
SW 802 Social Policy Advocacy
3
SW 971 Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice 3

Social Work Practicum (12 semester hours)

SW 591 Field Education I: Foundation Field 3
SW 592 Field Education II: Foundation Field
3
SW 595 Field Education III: Advanced Practice
3
SW 596 Field Education IV: Advanced Practice
3

M.P.A. Classroom Credits: (18 semester hours)

PUB 501 Dimensions of Public Administration 3
PUB 502 Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management 3
PUB 505 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 513 Strategic Planning 3
PUB 519 Administrative Law 3
PUB 555 Professional Contribution 0

MPA General Electives (15 semester hours)

PUB 508 Human Resources Administration and Personnel Systems 3
PUB 510 Organizational Communication 3
PUB 511 Ethics in Management 3
PUB 512 The Grantsmanship Process 3
PUB 522 State and Local Administration 3
PUB 523 Public Sector Labor Relations 3
PUB 552 Computer Application of Social Science Data 3
PUB 579 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3
PUB 581 Issues of Governance in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 582 Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 583 Strategic Marketing 3
PUB 585 Program Assessment and Evaluation 3
PUB 598 Special Topics (Intensive short courses, variable credit)*  

*A maximum of 9 hours of pass credit can be applied to M.P.A. degree requirements. Any courses within the Master of Health Services Administration degree may be used for general electives upon consultation and approval by the Program Director.

Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) Overview

A management career in Health Services Administration allows students to gain proficiency in management skills and can improve the delivery of health services in a community. This proficiency contributes to highly successful health care delivery committed to quality. In turn, the consumers benefit from effective and efficient health care services.

The M.H.S.A. provides graduate education in health care administration for persons seeking careers in the management and administration of health care facilities/organizations and other healthcare settings. This degree also provides opportunities for individuals in health services to seek career improvement and development.

The M.H.S.A. provides health care managers with a framework for decision-making in the constantly changing health care environment. At the same time the degree provides a background of operational resources for managers in the field.

This program course will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of health care and the current health care reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.

Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.)

36 semester hours

I. CORE COURSES

24 semester hours

HSA 506 Research Theory 3
OR  
HSA 533 Research Methods (ND 590) 3
HSA 507 Organizational Dynamics 3
HSA 518 Policy and Program Analysis 3
HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration 3
HSA 532 Legal Aspects of Clinical and Health Care Organizations 3
HSA 537 Managerial Decision-Making in Health Care Organizations 3
HSA 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning 3
HSA 555 Professional Contribution/Research Design 0
HSA 597 Management Project/Internship 3

II. ELECTIVES (12 semester hours)

HSA 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology 3
HSA 524 Health Care Systems Analysis 3
HSA 525 Health Care Economics 3
HSA 527 Gerontological Services Administration 3
HSA 528 Administration of Long-Term Care 3
HSA 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly 3
HSA 539 Overview of Managed Care 3
HSA 580 Epidemiology/Environmental Health 3
HSA 583 Marketing and Strategic Planning 3
GER 525 Aging Changes and Health Problems 3

Health Services Administration Five-Year Degree Option

Advanced standing in Marywood University’s graduate Health Services Administration Program is available to qualified majors for a five-year degree option.

The undergraduate Health Services Administration major prepares students for entry-level positions in health. The program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for administrative positions in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, managed care, and the many other organizations providing health care in American society. A special track focuses upon health care delivery to the elderly. This major integrates courses in the social sciences (36 credits) as well as the liberal arts (43-46 credits). An important program component is an internship in a nursing home, hospital, managed care, public health agency or other organization during the senior year. Advanced standing is available to qualified majors. A Gerontology major is also available. Contact the program director of administrative studies.

This program will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of health care and the current health care reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.

Students must meet undergraduate core curriculum requirements. See undergraduate catalog or curriculum guides available in the department.

Master of Health Services Administration/Master of Social Work

A management career in Health Services Administration and Social Work allows students to gain proficiency in management skills and can improve the delivery of health services in a community. This proficiency contributes to highly successful health care delivery committed to quality. In turn, the consumers benefit from effective and efficient health care services.

The MHSA/MSW provides graduate education in health care administration for persons seeking careers in the management and administration of health care facilities/organizations and other healthcare settings. This dual degree also provides opportunities for individuals in health services to seek career improvement and development with a framework for decision-making in the constantly changing health care environment. At the same time the degree provides a background of operational resources for managers in the field. This program will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of healthcare and the current healthcare reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This dual degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.

Interested students must make application for admission to both programs.

Social Work Classroom Credits: 39 

MSW Classroom Credits (36 semester hours)

SW 501 Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
3
SW 502 Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups
3
SW 503 Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
3
SW 504 Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
3
SW 505 Administration in Social Work
SW 506 Practice VI: Culminating Integrative Seminar 3
SW 601 Human Behavior I 3
SW 621 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
SW 701 Research I
3
SW 702 Research II
3
SW 801 Social Justice, Welfare Policy and Professional Legacy
3
SW 802 Social Policy Advocacy
3
SW 971 Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice 3

 Social Work Practicum (12 semester hours)

SW 591 Field Education I: Foundation Field
3
SW 592 Field Education II: Foundation Field
4
SW 595 Field Education III: Advanced Practice
4
SW 596 Field Education IV: Advanced Practice
4

 MHSA Classroom Credits (18 semester hours)

HSA 507 Organizational Dynamics 3
HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration 3
HSA 532 Legal Aspects of Clinical and Health Care Organizations 3
HSA 537 Managerial Decision-Making in Health Care Organizations 3
HSA 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning 3
HSA 555 Professional Contribution/Research Design 0
HSA 596 Internship 3
OR    
HSA 597 Management Project 3

 MHSA General Electives (12 semester hours)

GER 525 Aging Changes and Health Problems 3
HSA 510/SW 941 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology 3
HSA 511 Ethics in Management 3
HSA 524 Health Care Systems Analysis 3
HSA 525 Health Care Economics 3
HSA 527 Gerontological Services Administration 3
HSA 528 Administration of Long-Term Care 3
HSA 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly 3
HSA 539 Overview of Managed Care 3
HSA 580 Epidemiology/Environmental Health 3
HSA 583 Marketing and Strategic Planning 3

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