Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

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Public Administration

GPHAS 631 Research/Project Guidance 2 credits Prerequisites: Enrollment in or successful completion of GPHAS 600, GPHAS 601, GPHAS 602 Students complete a research project (including analysis of data and reporting results) using the scientific method to answer a question in clinical practice, under the direction of a research/project advisor. Projects may use a variety of methodologies. Students will finalize a power point presentation and/or poster for presentation or display at the annual research symposium. GPHAS 634 Clinical & Professional Capstone 2 credits Graduation from an accredited PA program qualifies an individual to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). Successful completion of PANCE is mandatory for clinical practice as a PA. As the student works to achieve professional status as a PA, the Clinical and Professional Capstone allows for an opportunity to merge the clinical rotation experience with classroom learning through a high yield didactic approach and culminating with the program Summative Examination. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of requisite knowledge for the graduating PA student. Emphasis will be placed on identified organ systems and task areas that are consistent with the NCCPA Examination Content Blueprint for the PANCE. Additionally, the Clinical and Professional Capstone will focus on the application of knowledge and skills for clinical practice case study and evidence based medicine facilitating the transition from student to medical provider.


Public Administration Director: Mengzhong Zhang, Ph.D.

INTRODUCTION Public Administration involves the study of the management of governmental and not for profit entities. It is the who, when, where and how policies are formulated, implemented, and evaluated. It is where campaign promises are carried out (or not). Gannon University’s Master of Public Administration Program provides students with the tools they need to be able to be successful as a public administration professional and can be completed on a full or part time basis. Public administration is a rapidly changing field where new ways of doing things are continually proposed and where politics and values are always in flux. Public administrators are held to high standards to be accountable, to be ethical, to be efficient and effective, and to be responsive to their constituents. Recent dramatic changes in the worlds of politics, government, international relations, not-forprofits, and the private sector have cast a new light on the importance of leadership within the public sector. The urgency for leadership studies and development has never been greater. A commitment to instilling qualities of leadership in students lies at the heart of a Gannon University education. That long-standing focus on leadership has become even more intense through development of new academic programs and scholarships that will uniquely position Gannon graduates to take leadership roles in fields that will be most in demand in the next century. Governments, agencies, foundations, and authorities are seeking highly motivated individuals with communication, critical analysis, marketing, finance, strategic planning abilities, grant writing experience, program development capabilities, organizational skills, and the ability to solve problems creatively. Gannon is a student-oriented, value-centered teaching university. This philosophy guides our approach to teaching, advising, and designing our curriculum. We work closely with students on an individual basis, challenging students to grow while ensuring they meet their personal objectives. Courses are rigorous and challenging by design, but we work with students to build the skills they need for the world of the new millennium. What are the origins of public administration? How has public administration evolved and changed? What motivates human behavior? What are the differences and similarities between public, private, and nonprofit management? What are the various theories of organization? What is the science of “muddling through”? How are policies formulated and implemented? What is strategic planning