University of Delaware, School of Public Policy & Administration

SPPA 621, Health Systems and Economics. Provides students with competencies in health care systems, including the organization, structure, and function of health care. Using basic concepts in microeconomic theory, students utilize economic models to understand health and health care issues in the US. It addresses supply and demand issues for health services, payment systems and health insurance, and key actors in the health sector. A graduate-level course, required for the Master in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.

  • Taught Winter 2021

SPPA 704, Advanced Quantitative Methods. Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of econometric analysis, with an emphasis on causal inference. Provides an in-depth study of linear regression, including interpretation of coefficients, understanding sources of bias, and the validity of t-statistics. Students are introduced to experimental research methods and non-linear models. The course concludes with coverage of more advanced methodologies, including difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, panel data analysis, and regression discontinuity. Students are trained in Stata for data analysis. A graduate-level course, required for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

  • Taught Spring 2020, Spring 2021

UAPP 110, Changing the World: The Role of Public Policy. Sets the foundation for learning about the breadth, interconnectedness, complexity, and impact of public policy for citizens and groups within domestic and global communities. Examines major policy issues confronting contemporary society and the basic concepts and strategies that are used to address them. Focusing on U.S. domestic policy, it introduces students to today’s major policy issues. An undergraduate course required for the Public Policy major and minor.

  • Taught Spring 2019, Fall 2020

UAPP 211/HLPR 211, Introduction to Public Health: Provides an overview of public health by addressing the history; epidemiological principles; social and behavioral factors; and environmental, political, and medical care issues concerning public health practice. Explores the practicality of public health as it is portrayed through current events, case studies, and guest speakers. An undergraduate course required for the Public Health minor.

  • Taught Fall 2018

UAPP 709, Advanced Topics in Economics for the Public and Non-Profit Sectors: Draws on economic principles to examine the reasons for and consequences of government intervention in the market with an eye towards understanding and critiquing public policies. Students learn about the management of the national economy to promote economic growth, measuring the macroeconomy, and financing of the public sector. Students examine how government can address market failures to improve the functioning of private markets and maximize social welfare, as well as how various levels of government affect economic activity across space. A graduate course required for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program.

  • Taught Fall 2019

UAPP 714, Policy Studio: The capstone course for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. Draw upon knowledge and skills developed in the MPP on the behalf of a client. Demonstrates the professional competence in policy analysis and provides practical experience in working collaboratively, interacting with clients, and in jointly managing projects.

  • Taught Spring 2019, Spring 2021