MPA Coming to Tacoma

The Evergreen Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is expanding to Tacoma.

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These MPA electives will be offered at Evergreen’s Tacoma location beginning in Fall 2018.

Public Finance

Public Finance will review finance and fiscal policy challenges facing federal, state, and local governments. We will examine issues central to public expenditure programs, and taxation policies. Students will seek practical solutions to planning, implementation, and reporting problems in public finance. The course will discuss budgetary formation, deliberation, adoption, implementation and execution. Further, each aspect of finance policy will be examined in order to understand the process, functions, and history of public budgeting reform. The course will discuss revenue policy, the spending of public resources, dynamics of changing budget processes, and issues associated with balancing budgets. Students –  in the role of citizens, administrators, and public officials –  shall engage public finance policy issues of concern to them in pursuit of fairness.

Nonprofit Theory & Practice

Interest in nonprofit sector (or third sector, civil sector, voluntary sector, etc.,) organizations has intensified as their importance and distinctiveness receives recognition as a unique area of study and practice.  Although nonprofit organizations share some key elements with those in the public and private sectors, this course focuses on the unique characteristics and topics of the nonprofit sector.  Examples of issues unique to the sector are the prominent role of and heavy reliance on volunteerism, and the tension between organizational mission and funders' demands. Increased involvement in policy making, enlarged roles in implementing former public agency services, the more cohesive identity of the sector as a significant piece of the economy and administrative state, and heightened professionalism all converge to make the daily management of nonprofit organizations in the twenty-first century a challenging task.

In this course students will be given the opportunity to address through many of the issues impacting the development and management of nonprofit organizations. It will provide a context to help students more clearly understand the conditions observed either working in a nonprofit organization today, in the future, or in studying or interacting with nonprofit organizations. It is my hope that the course will help students consider possible appropriate courses of action in ambiguous and complex situations.  Therefore, this course combines substantive readings on issues affecting nonprofit organizations with case exercises and activities. Also, students will have the opportunity to interact with a nonprofit organization to gain experience applying these concepts and skills.

Public Health Policy

Public health protects the health of people and communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing injuries, and identifying solutions to detect and prevent disease. During this weekend intensive seminar we will examine public health policy development, implementation, and evaluation. This course will provide an overview of the public health system and essential services. We will explore diverse public health topics and current public health initiatives and efforts. We will discuss economic feasibility, legal and ethical considerations, the role of the science and public opinion, efforts to address health disparities, and other issues that impact policy decisions.