Graduate Programs

MPA Inspection and Oversight: Health Care Specialization

Program Summary:

Credits Required: 42
Tuition Per Credit: $500.00

Next Start Date:

08-25-2017

The online Master of Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers highly specialized training in the growing field of inspection and oversight. Developed in close collaboration with the Association of Inspectors General, our program is unique in that it prepares public administration students for much-needed positions in organizations that investigate the performance of other organizations.

Federal, state, and local governments have long held a need for skilled Comptrollers, Inspectors General, and other inspection and oversight professionals.  However, a growing number of companies in the private sector are facing similar regulatory demands.  This includes a higher level of oversight to ensure compliance, transparency and integrity.  The online MPA: Inspector General program was developed with these demands in mind.

Most public administration programs instruct students in technical and supervisory positions for public and nonprofit organizations. John Jay College’s online MPA: Inspector General program goes deeper.  We examine the issues confronting organizations across both the public and private sectors such as compliance, misconduct and forensic accountancy. 

Graduates of the program are equipped to take on employment opportunities in inspection and oversight, or to apply their knowledge to related functions, including:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk management
  • Performance assessment
  • Field inspection
  • Investigative journalism

The online MPA: Inspection and Oversight program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Curriculum

The Online Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight program is offering a new specialization in Health Care Delivery Inspection and Oversight. The specialization prepares students for careers in the assessment, monitoring, regulation, auditing and investigation of health care organizations and service providers.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Health Expenditure Projections 2012-2022,[1] U.S. health care costs exceeded $2.9 trillion in 2013, and are projected to be 19.9 percent of the GDP by 2022. Over 2011-2013, $14.9 billion was recovered in fraudulent claims. However, recent estimates that the full cost of health care fraud range as high as $272 billion annually.[2] 

The Specialization enhances the MPA in Inspection and Oversight program with the following course of study:

Curriculum Courses


Core Courses (21 Credits – 7 courses)
Course Name
PAD 700 Public Administration
Course Name
PAD 723 Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources
Course Description
This course examines assessments, audits, and investigations from a human resources perspective, including the preparation of factual investigative reports on the outcomes of investigations into violations of policies and laws on workplace safety, EEO-employment discrimination, violence, harassment, retaliation, fraud, abuse, waste and other wrongdoing. You’ll study the prevalence and incidence of such problems, along with techniques for fact-finding, investigation, documentation and complaint assessment.
Course Name
PAD 706 Bureaupathology
Course Description
During this course, you’ll explore corruption, waste, favoritism, excessive secrecy, arbitrary and illegal exercises of power and other “pathologies” that may occur in bureaucracies. You’ll examine the organizational situations and social contexts that can lead to departures from the laws, rules and regulations that define the formal mission of an agency. You’ll also consider the remedial and preventative actions available to elected officials, organizational managers, line employees and clients, customers and citizens.
Course Name
PAD 740 Public Sector Inspection and Oversight
Course Description
This course surveys the role and function of inspection and oversight in the public and not-for-profit sectors. You’ll be introduced to the techniques of internal investigation, policy oversight and operational auditing. You’ll also examine fraud prevention and the auditor-agency relationship.
Course Name
PAD 742 Public Sector Account and Auditing (Pre-requisite: PAD 740)
Course Description
This course introduces the principles of accounting and the techniques of auditing for governmental and not-for-profit agencies. You’ll review Generally Accepted Auditing Principles (GAAP), summary financial statements, and financial audit guidelines, and you’ll address accounting reform and electronic auditing.
Prerequisite: PAD 740
Course Name
PAD 758 Ethics Integrity and Accountability
Course Description
This course explores the role of ethics in public service. You’ll learn to identify and analyze ethical issues through the use of case studies and critical incidents. You’ll also examine codes of ethics and other policies designed to guarantee that public officials and employees faithfully discharge their duties and fulfill their fiduciary obligations to the public.
Course Name
PAD 771 MPA Capstone Seminar
Course Description
This seminar requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their MPA graduate study to a semester-long project chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty member directing the seminar.
Prerequisites: PAD 715, and either PAD 739 or PAD 758


Research Methods and Quantitative Skills (6 Credits – 2 courses)
Course Name
PAD 715 Research Methods in Public Administration
Course Name
PAD 767 Analytical Methods in Health Care Auditing and Investigation


Specialization (9 credits – 3 courses)
Course Name
PAD 763 Public Health Policy and Administration
Course Name
PAD 764 Health Services Fraud, Waste and Abuse
Course Name
PAD 766 Inspection and Oversight of Health Care Delivery


Electives (6 credits – 2 courses)
Course Name
Two graduate courses selected by the student taken at John Jay College or transferred from other colleges and universities.

Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to the online Master of Science in Emergency Management program is competitive, and evaluation is based on the student's academic and professional records of achievements. Although students are not required to have an undergraduate degree or prior coursework in emergency management, preference will be given to those with relevant experience.

To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or an international equivalent
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher ( or meet contingency requirements as determined by the program on a case-by-case basis)
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or IELTS, is required for international applicants who have not studied in English-speaking countries. John Jay College's TOEFL code number is 2115-99. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, and 79-80 for the the internet-based test. The minimum score for IELTS is 7
  • Submission of a complete application

Meet the Faculty

Faculty Picture
Warren (Ned) Benton

Faculty Name
Warren (Ned) Benton


Faculty Title
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Public Management
Director, Online Master of Public Administration: Inspector General Program

Education
AB, Grinnell College
EdM, PhD, University of Illinois

Biography
Faculty Bio
F. Warren “Ned” Benton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and serves as Director of the MPA Inspector General Program, which is the only Master of Public Administration program in the Unites States that concentrates expressly on inspection and oversight and the role of Inspectors General. A Charter Member of the Association of Inspectors General when it was formed in 1996, Benton became a Certified Inspector General in 2005.
 
He serves as the Monitor in United States of America v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Monitor reports on compliance with a consent decree about youth corrections in Puerto Rico. Nominated by both parties in the case and appointed by the United States District Court, Benton’s position is independent of the parties in the case.
 
Before joining the faculty at John Jay College, Benton served as Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections from 1975-1979, and as the Director of Planning for the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture from 1972-1975.
 
He has extensive experience as a consultant to correctional agencies and to executive, legislative and judicial officials. From 1986-1992 he served as a Technical Consultant to the Tennessee State Building Commission and the Select Senate/House Oversight Committee on Corrections, and from 1997-2000 he served as the Senior Correctional Consultant to the Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration.
 
Benton is also the author of books on computing, such as Execucomp: Maximum Management with the New Computers (John Wiley Publishers, 1983) which has received numerous awards and citations.
Faculty Picture
Daniel Feldman

Faculty Name
Daniel Feldman


Faculty Title
Associate Professor, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, Columbia College
PhD, Harvard Law School

Biography
Faculty Bio

Dan Feldman teaches Oversight & Investigation, Ethics & Accountability, and Administrative Law. He was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1980, and served as a member of the Legislature from 1981 through 1998, writing over 140 state laws, including New York’s Megan’s Law and Organized Crime Control Act. As Correction Committee chair for twelve years, he led some of the first efforts to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws. For six years thereafter, as a senior member of Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s staff, he exposed HUD’s 203k mortgage loan guarantee scandal and led the investigation of UnumProvident’s disability insurance scam. Until his full-time appointment at John Jay, he worked as Special Counsel for Law & Policy to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Feldman's fourth book, Tales from the Sausage Factory: Making Laws in New York State, with co-author Gerald Benjamin, was published by SUNY Press in 2010.  The publication date for his fifth book, The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Government, with co-author David Eichenthal, also by SUNY Press, is January 1, 2014. He also wrote numerous scholarly articles, and serves as Perspective and Commentary Editor for Public Administration Review. His current research involves government oversight, administrative theory, and legal philosophy.

Faculty Picture
Faculty

Faculty Name
Robin Kempf


Faculty Title
The former Inspector General for the Kansas Health Policy Authority

Education
J.D., Ph.D
Faculty Picture
John Jay Online

Faculty Name
Philip Zisman


Faculty Title
Executive Director of the Association of Inspectors General

Education
J.D

Career Options

Agencies: The specialized program would seek to serve Federal, state and local agencies that audit, investigate and evaluate health care delivery. Examples of agencies include:

  •  Office of Inspector General, Federal Department of Health and Human Services, 1,500 employees;
  • The 49 Medicaid Fraud Control Unit which employed 1,911 persons in 2013;
  • The New York State Medicaid Inspector General, which employs 300 persons;
  • The NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Office of the Inspector General

Professional Organizations: In addition to public agencies, there are professional organizations that serve professionals who are employed by health care organizations to for compliance assessment and auditing: