Master of Public Administration:
Health and Human Services

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in the medical and health services managers sector is expected to grow by 17% in the years 2014-2024. Job growth is faster than the national average. Students expand their knowledge and understanding of continuous quality improvement in healthcare organizations.

To be awarded the Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health and Human Services, candidates must earn 36 approved graduate credit hours. All courses are offered online.

Contact Coleen Sassmann at or 563-425-5931

All classes and electives listed are three credits each.

Core Requirements

  • PA 501 Democracy, Public Administration, and Public Policy
  • PA 502 Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • PA 503 Program Evaluation Implementation and Evaluation
  • PA 504 Political Economy and Regulatory Policy for Public Administrators
  • PA 511 Gov’t and NFP Financial Mgmt and Control
  • Capstone: PA 590 Research Seminar

Total: 18 Credits

Health and Human Services Emphasis

This emphasis area is designed to provide students with
specialized knowledge of the issues and challenges facing leaders
in health and human services organizations.

  • PA 537 Healthcare Quality Assessment and Improvement
  • PA 539 Healthcare Informatics Technology Management

Choose four of the following:

  • PA 530 Public Policy and Healthcare
  • PA 531 Introduction to the Healthcare Systems
  • PA 534 Healthcare Economics
  • PA 536 Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • PA 538 Healthcare Financial Management
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective

Total: 18 Credits