• Business Schools Help Public Service Programs

8/19/2011

Few business schools offer public service programs. The Sawyer Business School’s Institute for Public Service is one of them.

In a recent article, published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Suffolk faculty members encourage public service programs to develop similar partnerships with business schools to bridge the gap between sectors. 

The push for collaboration comes at a time when public management, nonprofit, and business sectors are becoming more integrated, and governments are increasingly dependent on them to provide public services.

Richard Beinecke Richard Beinecke, left, chair of the Institute for Public Service and senior member of the Healthcare Department, and Assistant Professors Aimee L. Williamson and Brendan Burke, co-authored the report. “Even though not all students will become interested in public service careers, many of them will incorporate public interest concerns in their day-to-day lives or through corporate social responsibility programs during their careers,” they wrote.

The article was published just months after Suffolk’s department announced its name change to the Institute for Public Service (formerly Public Management) and revamped curriculum to reach a broader student body. The redesigned management program recruits talented undergraduates and practitioners to public affairs programs and positions, expands teaching and research opportunities, and enhances the field’s reputation.

The Suffolk MPA is 14 courses (42 credits), with flexible tracks in areas such as state, local, and Federal government; nonprofit organizations, and healthcare. Several joint programs with other departments are available. Graduate classes are evenings and Saturdays to accommodate both full time and part-time working students. Suffolk undergraduates may complete their BA and MPA in five years. The Department’s undergraduate minor is gaining popularity as a way for students in fields such as psychology, theater, and environmental studies to gain management skills.

Beinecke joined Suffolk in 1992 and was recently promoted to department chair in 2010 and Full Professor in 2011. He teaches graduate courses on US Health Policy, Global Health Needs and Organization, Global Health Policy, and Leadership for an Interconnected World, as well as undergraduate courses on Global Health, Poverty, Global Warming, and Social Change.

Beinecke is also interested in researching global mental health issues, especially training mental health and healthcare leaders in developed and developing countries. For more than 15 years, he was the principal investigator of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Program and published over a dozen articles.

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