March 2008

Grant Results

SUMMARY

Brenda Stevenson Marshall, Ph.D., of the Cleveland State University College of Business Administration, and Anne M. Hewitt, Ph.D., of Seton Hall University, developed a national profile of Master of Public Administration programs with a health care concentration based on a 2003–04 survey they conducted of representatives of 78 members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Key Findings
In a 2006 article titled "A National Profile of NASPAA Programs with Health Specialty Tracks," in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, which is published by NASPAA, Marshall and Hewitt presented the following key findings of their 2003–04 study:

  • NASPAA programs with a health care concentration were housed in approximately 16 different colleges and departments.
  • The programs varied widely in size, structure and resources.
  • The programs offered a variety of degrees, including 15 joint degrees.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $41,921 to support this unsolicited project.

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THE PROBLEM

Most health care and public health managers are trained in either schools of public health or schools of public administration that have concentrations in health management. Although health management programs in schools of public administration experienced a 70 percent growth in capacity between 1998 and 2001, information was lacking about the curricula, the students and the faculty composition, according to the researchers.

The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) encouraged the researchers to undertake this study, as it was considering whether there was a need to adopt a certification program for Master of Public Administration programs with a health care concentration.

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THE PROJECT

In 2003–04, Brenda Stevenson Marshall, Ph.D., of the Cleveland State University College of Business Administration, and Anne M. Hewitt, Ph.D., of Seton Hall University, conducted a study of 78 Master of Public Administration programs with a health care concentration that were given in schools that were members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The researchers examined characteristics of the programs based on key elements used in accreditation. The study consisted of a written survey, a telephone survey and a review of program syllabi.

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FINDINGS

In their 2006 article titled "A National Profile of NASPAA Programs with Health Specialty Tracks," published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Marshall and Hewitt reported the following results of their project:

  • The investigators developed a national profile of Master of Public Administration programs with a health care concentration:
    • The programs existed in some 16 different colleges and departments.
    • The programs varied widely in size, structure and resources.
    • The programs offered a variety of degrees, including 15 joint degrees.
  • The investigators established baseline data for comparing these programs.
  • They also provided some guidance on creating standards and guidelines for these programs. They noted that the variety of institutional settings — and the variation in program size, structure and resources — indicates the need for flexible, adaptable standards and guidelines.

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AFTER THE GRANT

The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration has not yet decided to adopt a certification program for Master of Public Administration programs with a health care concentration. See its Web site for more information on other accreditation efforts.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Developing a National Profile of Masters of Public Administration Programs With a Health Care Concentration

Grantee

Cleveland State University College of Business Administration (Cleveland,  OH)

  • Amount: $ 41,921
    Dates: February 2003 to February 2004
    ID#:  047226

Contact

Brenda Stevenson Marshall, Ph.D.
(757) 683-6482
BMarshal@odu.edu

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Articles

Harlow-Rosentraub K and Perry JL. "Public Affairs and Healthcare Administration: Crosscutting Competencies and Multiple Accreditations for Academic Programs." Journal of Public Administration Education, 12(2): 197–206, 2006.

Hewitt AM, Marshall BS, Ameringer CF, Dalston J, Kirchhoff JJ, McFarland L and Harlow-Rosentraub K. "Profiling NASPAA Programs with Healthcare Concentrations — A Panel Discussion on Building a Foundation to Accredit Specializations." Public Performance and Management Review, 28(2): 259–274, 2004.

Hewitt AM, Marshall BS and Badger KH. "A Proposed Methodology for Infrastructure Development of NASPAA Programs with Specialty Tracks: The Case of Health Policy and Management." Journal of Public Administration Education, 12(2): 125–142, 2006.

Kirchhoff JJ and Dennison TH. "Benchmark Health Policy Programs: A Window on Public Affairs and Administration Education." Journal of Public Administration Education, 12(2): 177–196, 2006.

Marshall BS and Ameringer CF. "Exploring the Predictors of Health Specialty Track Accreditation." Journal of Public Administration Education, 12(2): 165–176, 2006.

Marshall BS and Hewitt AM. "A National Profile of NASPAA Programs with Health Specialty Tracks." Journal of Public Administration Education, 12(2): 143–165, 2006.

Marshall BS and Hewitt AM. "A National Profile of NASPAA Programs with Health Specialty Tracks." Journal of Public Affairs Education, 12(2): 143–163, 2006. Available from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; issues cost $10 each; copies of individual articles may be purchased for the cost of copying and mailing.

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Report prepared by: Carl A. Taylor
Reviewed by: Pamela Lister
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: James R. Knickman

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