Within the PUMA program, students have the ability to gain further specificity of knowledge by choosing from different modules:
The public management module contributes to the professional development of (future) managers of public sector organisations. It is essential for effective public policy implementation that public managers, from executives to line managers, are able to define organisational objectives based on the mission and higher level policy goals, break down these objectives within the organisation, and utilise organisational resources in an efficient and effective way.
The module aims to add management and organisation competences to the economic, legal and public policy related knowledge of students. Students completing this module will be able to carry out managerial tasks at various levels in central and local government as in public service providers (for example, in health care, education, culture, transportation or other public utility companies). Due to the similarities and linkages between the public and the not-for-profit sectors competences are easily transferable to the management of not- for-profit organisations as well.
Public Policy Analysis
Techniques such as ex ante and ex post evaluation of public programmes, social benefit-cost analysis, performance monitoring, and other analytical approaches supporting decision making in diverse fields of public policy are increasingly used on subnational, national as well as supranational levels of governance. By completing the Public Policy Analysis module students are able to acquire an in-depth knowledge of these analytical tools as well as the practical skills for applying them in real-life situations. Such competences make them highly competitive workforce in administrative agencies, consulting companies and think tanks, and companies of regulated business sectors.
Policies for Human Development
Building primarily on the public policy related core courses of the programme, this module offers a deeper insight into the education, health, employment and related social policy fields. Developed countries spend a significant share of their government expenditures and hence their GDP on these areas. The design of these policies is an important determinant of the development of any given country and the individuals living therein. The module thus familiarizes students with the basic types of health care systems, the specifics of health care markets, the special topic related to government intervention and service provision on different levels of the education sector. Moreover, students will learn about the social policy instruments serving the purpose of fighting poverty and of efficient redistribution. Students completing this module can become highly competent experts in related government agencies, in education and health insurance companies, in the non-profit sector, and in consulting firms and international organizations alike.
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