MAPP Course Descriptions

Please refer to the Graduate Class Schedule for specific semester offerings.

POL 501: Introduction to Statistics for Public Policy (3 credits)
This course acquaints student with statistics. It begins with the basics of applied statistical analysis, including probability and hypothesis testing, and builds to simple regression analysis.

POL 502: Intermediate Statistics for Public Policy (3 credits)
This course acquaints students with multivariate regression analysis and explores violations of the linear model.

POL 509: Public Budgeting and Finance (3 credits)
This course examines the role of public finance in the economy, and explores the use of program, functional, capital and operating budgets, and the flow of intergovernmental expenditures. Focuses primarily on state and local finance.

POL 510: Personnel Systems for Public Policy (3 credits)
This course examines the development of civil service and other bureaucratic personnel systems in American government, and focuses on the knowledge that managers must have to utilize human resources appropriately in a constrained public sector environment. Focuses primarily on state and local government.

POL 534: Intergovernmental Relations and Policy Delivery (3 credits)
This course examines the core concepts in the formulation, implementation, and impact of intergovernmental policy. Several policies are examined in-depth, including grant-in-aid programs, General Revenue Sharing, housing and community development, and employment programs. The historical, economic, and political foundations of intergovernmental policy delivery systems are examined.

POL 535: Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits)
This course will provide an introduction to the concepts, political and philosophical foundations, and operational methods that need to be mastered by individuals wishing to participate in the world of public policy decision-making and implementation.

POL 536: Public Management and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
This course examines how public sector organizations work and how managers can operate in the public sector environment. A range of theoretical perspectives, including sociological, economic, and institutional, will be employed as real public organizations are examined and analyzed. Public agencies will also be compared to their private sector counterparts, and the nature of organizational efficiency will be explored.

POL 537: Administrative Law for Policy Analysts (3 credits)
This course examines the role of administrative law in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policy. The role of legislation such as the Administrative Procedures Act is explored. Actual cases are analyzed, as well as the broader set of precedents that have emerged in federal, state, and local administrative law proceedings.

POL 538: The Politics of Local Economic Development (3 credits)
This course examines the process of local economic development with an emphasis on the interaction of political and economic factors. It explores the extent to which local officials can influence business location decisions, the specific strategies often utilized, and the way they have changed over time. It also considers the winners and losers from the economic development game; with a focus on New York and Long Island.

POL 540: Data Applications in Public Policy (3 credits)
This course studies the strategic use of data to support public policy proposal design and implementation. With a focus on U.S. domestic policy, the class will gain proficiency in the application of data to identify policy problems, determine causative factors, develop and implement persuasive policy proposals, and evaluate the policy effectiveness.

POL 541: Survey Research for Public Policy (3 credits)
This courses studies the techniques of survey research and their application in the development of public policies. Topics include survey design, survey population sampling, use of survey data to frame policy choices and attitudes toward existing policies.

POL 542: Regional Planning (3 credits)
This course addresses the planning process as a decision-making tool in the implementation of public policy in housing, land-use, transportation, and environmental management. The course also investigates intergovernmental relations and the impact of citizen participation on policy changes.

POL 543: Environmental Politics and Planning (3 credits)
Federal environmental policies, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and the Federal Pure Waters Management Act are examined in this course. The policies, politics and administrative activities of federal, state, and local levels are considered. Finally, the interaction of the public sector, the private sector, and citizen groups in the implementation of environmental policy is discussed.

POL 560: American Democracy: Its Critics and Defenders (3 credits)
This course will examine the central components of American democratic government. Critics and defenders of the over 200 year-old Constitution (Congress, President, Supreme Court) will be discussed, as will arguments surrounding the role of political parties, pressure groups, and the bureaucracy. Most readings will be from contemporary authors and reference sources. This course is offered as both CEI 560 and POL 560.

HAS 543: Health Policy (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the principles behind health policy-making. Examples of local and national policies will be used as frameworks for analyzing specific policy formats. Students will learn to develop and evaluate selective health policies throughout the course.

POL 596: Directed Policy Research (6 credits)
This course entails a student research paper prepared under supervision of faculty member on a significant public policy issue. Approval of program director required.

POL 597: Master's Paper in Public Policy (6 credits)
For a student already employed in a related field, in lieu of internship, this course requires a policy paper applying theory and methods to a specific issue possibly related to, but going beyond, their normal employment duties. Approval of program director required.

POL 598: Master's Thesis
This course entails a student thesis paper under supervision of faculty member on a research project related to public policy. Approval of program director required.

POL 599: Internship in Public Policy
This course is an applied internship in a public, not-for-profit, or private sector organization that deals with public policy. The student works in the organization and prepares a daily journal of activities, as well as a paper at the conclusion of the course, applying program knowledge to the internship activities. For more information regarding the Intenrship, please click here.


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