Study Plan


Semester 
Course Title 
Course Code
Credit Hours



First Semester​ ​



Introductory Statistics with Applications
MPP612
​3 Credit Hours 
Introduction to Citizenship, Governance, and Public Administration 
MPA610
​3 Credit Hours 
Public Policy Analysis and Formulation 
MPP611
​3 Credit Hours 
English for Public Policy 
MPP002
​0 Credit Hours 



Second 
Semester​ ​


Research Methods for Public Policy 
MPP617
3 Credit Hours
Economics for Policy Analysis
MPP615
3 Credit Hours
Elective Course 
-
3 Credit Hours
Elective Course
-
3 Credit Hours
Summer Semester
Public Service Internship  (Compulsory for 
students with no experience) 
​​MPA 602
3 Credit Hours



​Third Semester


Public Budgeting and Finance
MPA613
​3 Credit Hours
Comparative Public Policy
MPP621
​3 Credit Hours
Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
MPP 619
​​3 Credit Hours
Elective Course 
​-

​3 Credit Hours


​Fourth Semester
​Elective Course ​-
​​3 Credit Hours
​Elective Course 
​-
​​3 Credit Hours
​Capstone Research 
​MPA698​​3 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 

​ 42 Credit Hours 


 Energy and development

MDE 635 Environmental Sustainability and Energy Policy in the Middle East (3 credits)

The course focuses on two major and interrelated themes: the environment and energy. We will focus on several key topics: the depletion of natural resources and the increasingly aggressive search for their replacement; the quest for oil and the divide between oil-rich ME countries and resource-poor countries; we will spend some time reading and discussing one of the most intractable problems, that of global climate change and its impact on the MENA region; the challenges associated with fossil fuels, particularly coal, and the production of electricity; the promise, demise, and resuscitation of nuclear power; sustainable energy sources—geothermal, wind, solar; water resources and sustainability (scarcity, salinity, desertification, soil degradation…etc.), global and regional institutions and policymaking; environmental governance in the MENA region; finally, we will look toward future decades to see what challenges global and regional policymakers will face especially in meeting the challenges of the SDGs.

Program Evaluation in Public Policy

The program evaluation in public policy course focuses on the principles and methods of programs evaluation in public policies. The course introduces public programs evaluation, development of plans of evaluation and data collection for implementing evaluation. The program evaluation course explores the various models and practices to analyze the performance of public programs that are intended to carry out public policies.

MPA 647 Ethical & Legal Foundations for Public Service (3 credits)

This course explores models of ethical and moral reasoning from a philosophical and a practical perspective for the practice of public administration and public policy. It uses some case studies to explore ethical questions. It also explores the practice of codes of ethics employed by various public service agencies and professional associations. The course also explores the legal frameworks of public administration and public policy with a reference to the practice of administrative law.

MPP 626 Governing the Energy Transition (3 credits)

Governing the energy transition will focus on policy debates around key energy technologies (including renewables, gas, nuclear power and end-use technologies) in the context of the transition towards more sustainable and lower carbon energy systems. It presents a critical view of the current energy policy in middle east countries and underline few successful case studies of countries where transition has been successful. Finally, the course will cover thematic issues such as energy sector liberalization and multi-level governance of energy systems.

MPP 627 Energy Policies in the Gulf Countries (3 credits)

The Energy policy course is shaped to focus on international Energy market demand and supply and trade, international institutional framework including clubs (OPEC, IEA) and treaties. It focuses also on policies/regulations and planning, environmental and social impact, barriers, and potential market reforms to facilitate sustainable energy development.

MPP 673 Special topics in Public Policy (3 credits)

This is a course that is offered infrequently and is basically designed to cover contemporary issues not covered by the programs regular courses. The special topic will be taught by academics and/or practitioners covering topics that vary from time to time.

MPP 632 Financing the Energy Transition (3 credits)

Energy transition is a recurrent pattern in the evolution of our civilization as witnessed by the shift from firewood to coal and oil sources of energy. While the use of fossil energy has improved tremendously the economic productivity, greenhouse gas emissions resulting from its use is considered among the principal threats to ecosystems and population health. Huge pressures are therefore exerted to improve the efficiency of fossil fuels and, ultimately, supplant them by renewable energies. The objective of this course is to explain the need for energy transition in the current context, and its implications for the firms, public organizations and households. It also discusses the capacity of capital markets to support investment in clean energies as well as the national and international regulatory framework and fiscal policies developed to sustain energy transition.

MPP 633 The Water-Energy-Food Nexus(3 credits)

Societies in developing countries are facing considerable challenges related to water, food and energy production, distribution and consumption. The objective of this course is to understand the multifaceted relationships between these resources and how collectively they impact the level of population wellbeing. It also covers policy experiences in this field and highlight the importance of adopting a holistic approach oriented toward the sustainable exploitation of water, food and energy industries.

MPP 634 Energy in Multilateral Diplomacy(3 credits)

This course examines related energy and environmental issues in the context of multilateral diplomacy. Students will first be introduced to the way diplomacy is actually conducted, and will analyze the changing agenda of diplomacy and its implications, assess the problems of coordinating diplomacy within and among governments. The course will deal with the latest developments and global trends in the energy sector, the geopolitics and the key challenges of the future. It will discuss the role of diplomacy in facing the global challenges of the 21st century especially, in particular those related to energy and sustainable development. The course seeks to provide students with an advanced understanding of global energy policies and key actors, and to develop ability to critically analyze contemporary energy and climate policy debates within a multilateral diplomacy context.

MPP 635 Economic Diversification in Oil-Exporting Countries (3 credits)

This course explores the key challenges and policy issues related to economic diversification in oil-exporting countries. It highlights the heterogeneity in conditions across oil-exporting countries and adopts a context specific approach focusing on oil-exporting Arab countries. The course examines the need and motivation for economic diversification meant to foster a more inclusive growth. It discusses the policies to support greater economic diversification, the necessary conditions consisting in macroeconomic stability and a supportive regulatory and institutional framework, and the enabling role of public sector beside the private sector. A comparative and lesson drawing approach will be adopted.

 Health policy

MPP 640 Health Policy (3 credits)

This course explores major topics in health and healthcare delivery with objectives to empower student abilities to form a vision toward their Health Care system. The course focuses on topics to strengthen the fundamental understanding of issues, challenges, and ideas related to health policy and management. It is essential for the health policy course to discuss important topics such as determinants of health; health disparities; and the burden of health and its distribution. To acquaint you with some of the relevant political and legislative history of GCC health policy issues. Moreover this course address the structure of the health organizations and its finance, healthcare stakeholders their roles and behavior toward specific health issue and how it could impact forming policy and the complexity of its implementation. Nevertheless, the course gives students the ability to compare access, quality, cost of the healthcare system, and compare it to other international healthcare systems.

Program Evaluation in Public Policy

The program evaluation in public policy course focuses on the principles and methods of programs evaluation in public policies. The course introduces public programs evaluation, development of plans of evaluation and data collection for implementing evaluation. The program evaluation course explores the various models and practices to analyze the performance of public programs that are intended to carry out public policies.

MPP 641 Health Finance and Economics (3 credits)

The course addresses different healthcare systems' economics and finance. It explores the challenges facing the modern health system to sustain and grow while facing critical social, political and ethical challenges. The course investigates a number of health policy issues through the lens of economics and finance. To distinguish where within the health sector the market seems to work reasonably well and where it does not work so well and what the public policy options are for improving it in those domains where it does not work so well and how to finance it. Describe basic health care financing models and use them analytically. In addition, the course examines healthcare assets, resources, health care expenditures, telemedicine and medical liabilities.

MPP 642 Performance and Evaluation for Health (3 credits)

An examination of theory and practices in evaluation of health care programs. Special attention given to identifying program objectives, measuring performance, and designing evaluation studies. This course provides an insight to an effective evaluation of a program weather to gain direction for improving or to determine projects effectiveness of the outcome. The evaluation outcome sets a plan for interventions to meet the goal of a health organization. Students will learn different methods and approaches to conduct a scientific and rigorous evaluation of public health programs. Students will also use quantitative and qualitative methods, logical models and study design for program evaluation in order to develop an intervention.

MPP 673 Special topics in Public Policy (3 credits)

This is a course that is offered infrequently and is basically designed to cover contemporary issues not covered by the programs regular courses. The special topic will be taught by academics and/or practitioners covering topics that vary from time to time.

MPP 643 Health systems in Middle East countries (3 credits)

The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to examine health systems in the Middle East region in an international context. Students will examine how each country’s economy, history, geography, and government influences the kind of health system each health country has and how it developed over time. Students will also be expected to conduct detailed analyses of the financing, organization, payment and performance of health systems in the region. Past health sector reform proposals in the region will be reviewed and key health policy issues facing health systems in the region will be explored.

MPP 644 Applied Health Economics (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce graduate students with no background in economics to the basic concepts and applications of health economics. The course adopts an applied approach to understanding health economics requiring each student to participate in a group project using real data to produce a health economics project paper at the end of the course. This course demonstrates how basic economic concepts and theories such as economic models of demand, production, and markets for goods and services can be used to analyze key resource allocation questions in health care. Concepts of cost, efficiency, and accessibility of care will be examined. Finally, the incentives and behavior of consumers and producers of health care will be studied using economic models. Concepts such as market failure, public goods, and the role of government will also be covered.

MPP 645 Health policy and Politics (3 credits)

The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for graduate students to critically examine the process of health policy development, analysis, implementation and evaluation and to better understand what influences policy. This course seeks to provide students with the required analytical tools (and opportunities to practice them) to enhance their ability to understand and contribute to the development health policy. The course is divided into two parts; policy at the national level and policy at the organizational level, including how strategic planning and management works. Students will acquire analytical and planning skills for both these levels and have some opportunities to practice them. The course examines policy issue from both an international/global, Arab world, and Qatar perspectives.

MPP 646 Health System Analysis (3 credits)

This course provides a framework within which health systems can be analyzed and understood. It explores what national health systems are and what measures are being implemented in different countries to improve their performance. The course examines the building blocks of a health system and how they relate to health system performance. Specifically, the course provides an indepth understanding of the basic functions of a health system (health financing, macro-organization, health care delivery, payment for health care providers, and regulation) and discusses how they relate to performance. Finally, the course will adopt a comparative health system approach.

MPA 647 Ethical & Legal Foundations for Public Service (3 credits)

This course explores models of ethical and moral reasoning from a philosophical and a practical perspective for the practice of public administration and public policy. It uses some case studies to explore ethical questions. It also explores the practice of codes of ethics employed by various public service agencies and professional associations. The course also explores the legal frameworks of public administration and public policy with a reference to the practice of administrative law.

 Education policy

MPP 622 Education Policy (3 credits)

This course aims at introducing students to central debates in education policy from a comparative perspective. The course discusses current trends in education management such as School Based Reform, education standards, and the role of market forces in education. The course also presents cases both from inside and outside the Arab world. By the end of this course, students are expected to be familiar with current debates surrounding various approaches to education policy and management, and be able to apply a critical perspective in discussing various education reform proposals.

Program Evaluation in Public Policy

The program evaluation in public policy course focuses on the principles and methods of programs evaluation in public policies. The course introduces public programs evaluation, development of plans of evaluation and data collection for implementing evaluation. The program evaluation course explores the various models and practices to analyze the performance of public programs that are intended to carry out public policies.

MPP 623 Education Finance and Economics (3 credits)

This course aims at introducing students to the economic role of education, and the various theories that analyzes this role. It also addresses the role of the central government versus local governments and market forces regarding education finance. The course utilizes macro and micro economic tools to analyze education policies and finance, and determining the social and economic consequences of different models for education finance. This course presents cases of education finance from inside and outside the Arab world. By the end of this course, students should be able to conceptualize for analysis different models of education finance and use economic tools to analyze their expected consequences.

MPP 624 Assessment and Performance Evaluation for Education(3 credits)

This course introduces students to approaches for assessment in education, including the assessment of students, teachers, administrators, etc., in addition to evaluating the education system and programs for education reform at large. This evaluation is based on the principles of justice, equity, access, economic efficiency and student performance. The importance of these principles and approaches have increased with recent trends toward quality assurance, accountability and evidence based planning in education. This course presents Arab and international experiences in education assessment and performance evaluation. By the end of this course, students should be able to conceptualize different models and approaches for assessment and performance evaluation in education, and apply critical analysis of different approaches to achieve these goals based on accepted principles.

MPA 647 Ethical & Legal Foundations for Public Service (3 credits)

This course explores models of ethical and moral reasoning from a philosophical and a practical perspective for the practice of public administration and public policy. It uses some case studies to explore ethical questions. It also explores the practice of codes of ethics employed by various public service agencies and professional associations. The course also explores the legal frameworks of public administration and public policy with a reference to the practice of administrative law.

MPP 673 Special topics in Public Policy (3 credits)

This is a course that is offered infrequently and is basically designed to cover contemporary issues not covered by the programs regular courses. The special topic will be taught by academics and/or practitioners covering topics that vary from time to time.

MPP 628 Education and Modernization in the Middle East and North Africa (3 credits)

This course investigates the educational development in the Middle East and North Africa, drawing on diverse examples from the entire region. It begins with a review of the traditional educational systems, and then it discusses the introduction of modern education. Moreover, it analyzes the effects of nationalism on the creation of national educational systems that had an impact on literacy rates as well as on quality of the offered education. The final section discusses pertaining issues of inequality between public and private education and outlines the future educational challenges in the region.

MPP 629 Transforming Education through Emerging Technologies (3 credits)

Emerging technologies are generating new waves of opportunities to transform education through more sophisticated, powerful and engaging learning experiences. This course focuses on the ways emerging technologies can both empower learning in and out of classrooms and transform educational organizations. It emphasizes on the theoretical and professional aspects underlying the development and application of these new interactive educational tools. It discusses the evolution of digital teaching platforms and examines the challenges to educational equity posed by emerging technologies and the applicable strategies to overcome these challenges.

MPP 630 Policy of Educational Reform(3 credits)

This course focuses on explaining the policy process of educational reform, how it is implemented, received and the challenges it faces. In addition, it looks at the theoretical and ideological values that these policies represent and how these values are mediated in the contexts of diverse education institutions. As such, the course starts by helping students build a rich framework for analyzing educational policies both theoretically and methodologically. This is followed by introducing the students to a number of educational policy strategies that aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning. Students are expected to critically examine these reform efforts and have a better understanding of the dynamics of transforming ideas into practice in vibrant environments. Finally, students will conclude their learning by working on reforming an existing educational policy that proved to be problematic in the Arab world.

MPP 631 Education, conflict and international development(3 credits)

Coming soon.

 Core Courses

MPP 612 Introductory Statistics with Applications (3 credits)

This course aims at providing the students with the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and present data to practitioners and policy makers. The course will begin by providing a strategy for doing quantitative research. The topics include basic concepts in quantitative research, displaying data, describing data, relationships between variables, probability theory, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, bivariate regressions, goodness of fit, units of measurement and functional forms, and introduction to multiple regression. Although applications are integral part of the course, the specificity of the topics are left to the instructor to determine.

MPP 619 Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research (3 credits)

This course examines the application of statistical techniques to policy analysis. The use of the empirical techniques in developing an understanding of a policy issue, in analytical modeling, in making forecasts and evaluating policies and programs will be covered. The course is cast an applications mode than a theoretical or mathematical mode. In second section of the course, we conduct an overview of qualitative research within the social sciences. This includes an overview of the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of research. Commonly used qualitative research methodologies including case studies, grounded theory, action research, narrative studies amongst others will be reviewed. Through the reading, we will review the essential aspects of rigor, relevance, research design, ethics and impact.

MPP 698 Capstone Research (3 credits)

This concluding seminar uses case studies and simulations that require students to integrate and apply learning from all program courses and from their own professional experiences into a final written paper that deals with an issue or problem in public administration in the Arab world. The Capstone will be integrated with the public service internship in one of the public agencies or non-profit organizations.

MPA 610 Introduction to Citizenship, Governance, and Public Administration (3 Credits)

The course introduces students to the field of public administration, past, present and future, from a global as well as an Arab perspective. It covers concepts such as public sector management functions, structure and accountability systems, governance, citizenship, public service, administrative values, corruption and red tape in governmental and non-governmental entities in the Arab world. The seminar also deals with laws, ethical considerations, practices, and societal values and how they affect the governance of public service organizations in the Arab World and internationally.

MPP 611 Public Policy Analysis and Formulation (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the methods and process of policy analysis dealing with issues of problem analysis, policy formation and evaluation. The course provides participants with a “tool kit” of practical methods for analyzing public policy issues. It focuses on policy research and modeling skill sets in considering complex, real-world issues involving multiple actors with diverse interests, information uncertainty, institutional complexity, and ethical controversy.

MPP 002 English for Public Policy (Zero Credits)

This course is aimed to improve academic writing for MPP students in the public policy field. Students will be asked to describe in writing simple public policy problems, write arguments to answer very simple public policy questions and formulate ideas to critically compare different public policy arguments. The material will include readings such us policy discussion papers, policy brief notes, essays, memos, journal policy papers….etc. Although this course is expected to focus on English materials, a special focus will be put on academic writing in Arabic and how we can surf from an English writing into an Arabic translation without missing the standards of the academic writing. This course is designed, following an “hybrid” approach and blended learning techniques that involve lectures, student presentations, group discussion, research and virtual assignments, will also support students’ learning in their other public policy courses.

MPP 617 Research Methods for Public Policy ( 3 credits)

This course guides students to apply the knowledge, skills, and values acquired in the core curriculum to a public policy or management problem. The active use and integration of material from core courses taught in the first year in public policy, public administration. Students will produce a research paper, which informs issues faced by public policy analysts and managers.

MPP 615 Economics for Policy Analysis (3 credits)

This course covers cutting-edge concepts and applications of microeconomic to policy analysis. It acquaints students with the ways in which economic analysis bears on public policy issues. Students learn to identify the relevant public policy issue(s) for their strengths and weaknesses in relation to the economic principles involved, and to comprehend and assess what professional policy analyst can contribute to the public sector reform and redirect the government policies.

MPA 613 Public Budgeting and Finance (3 credits)

This course focuses on the public budgetary processes and methods, including line item budgeting, performance budgeting, program budgeting, and other types of budgeting schemes. The course also introduces students to issues of public finance including revenue generation and expenditure management and controls, as well as the politics of the budget process. The course will also introduce students to financial statements, special funds, debt financing and surplus management.

MPP 621 Comparative public policy (3 credits)

This course explores public policy actors, processes and outcomes from a cross-national perspective. It introduces students to debates around the best ways of explaining and understanding policy-making and policy outcomes in a comparative context and in the context of international factors such as "globalization" and international organizations and conventions. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a policy issue in-depth using a comparative approach.

MPA 602 Public service Internship ( 3 credits)

This course is designed to Students with less than two years of work experience in public service (governmental or non-governmental sector) and it gives students opportunity for supervised work in a public, quasi-public, or non-governmental organizations. It may include more than one placement, but the total of all placements should amount to a minimum of 200 hours of work experience. It should be undertaken after the completion of at least half of the compulsory courses in the school of public administration and Development Economics .Students should be asking for approval of MPA Program Head.