Public Administration: A Reflective Summary
November 6, 2010
During the past four weeks I have learned so much about public administration. Through class readings, the class discussion boards and class assignments my previous knowledge of public administration has enhanced tremendously. Before deciding to obtain my Masters in Public Administration, I had a Master’s in counseling but while working in public health, I saw that I needed more education towards my ultimate goal of project management. In Chapter 1 of Denhart & Denhart (2009), they examine the reasons why you should study public administration. This section was clarification for me because I was undecided between public health and public administration. My biggest concern came from the fact that I have been applying for a federal government position for over 3 years now and it’s been a very challenging experience to say the least. I wanted to make sure my education and experience lined up with what the federal government is looking for in a candidate. Denhart & Denhart (pg. 9, 2009), describes how to prepare for administrative positions, so this gave me insight on how to get the most out of my education and how I could look to enhance my career experience. Also described in Denhardt & Denhardt (2009), program managers go from executive to supervisory level and are in charge in government and non-government programs and the job duties consist of the allocation and monitoring of human, material and financial resources to meet service objectives. This description was important to me because it is my ultimate goal after obtaining my MPA.
During week 3 of class, we covered Chapter 4 “The Ethics of Public Service”, this chapter was important to me because I was facing ethical issues at work during that week. Learning about the distinction between morality and ethics was beneficial to me because, I never looked at how...