Patricia Birungi, Ph.D.
|Department||Business Administration and Management|
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
|Background||BSc., Population Studies, Makerere University|
M.P.H., Eastern Virginia Medical School
Ph.D., Old Dominion University
|Office||Aquinas Hall, Room G2|
|Courses||Intro to Public Administration|
Politics & Public Policy
Ethical Issues in Public Administration
My core duties include teaching courses in the MPA, conducting academic advising for our students in the program and making admissions decisions pertaining to the program. In my role, I am committed to creating a learning environment that encourages students to approach learning with unbridled exploration, a sense of connection, and the confidence and ability to apply their knowledge. I believe the classroom experience should be one in which innovative ideas are exchanged and shared. I am a strong advocate of experiential learning through practicum experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate level, whereby students are given an opportunity to apply theory to practice in solving real-life problems. I gained tremendously from my practicum experience in my master's program interning with the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I was able to integrate theory with practice which facilitated real learning when I used the health education concepts to create real health promotion programs for real people. Therefore, I endeavor to provide every student with an opportunity to have those experiences in the field of Public Administration.