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The Master of Public Policy program is a 40 credit degree program. The curriculum is divided into core and elective courses. The core curriculum is divided into three components including policy process and institutions, economics and quantitative analysis. It is designed to equip you with the conceptual framework and the skills needed to be successful in the public sector.

The emphasis of the core curriculum is on building a strong foundation for analysis and management. You will learn to tackle complex public policy problems by asking substantive questions, exploring alternatives, and assessing the capacity of organizations to implement solutions. The MPP is a professional, non-thesis degree. Instead, students complete an Capstone Project.

Core Courses - 31 credits

Course Class Semester Day Time Instructor
PADMN 6320 Public Policy Theories and Application Fall T 6:00-9:00 PM Carter
PUBPL 6290

Applied Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy

Fall H 6:00-9:00 PM Carlson
PADMN 6323

Policy Analysis

Spring

Summer

Online

Online

 

Simon

Nelson

PUBPL 6563

Program and Policy Evaluation

Spring

Fall

M

M

6:00-9:00 PM

6:00-9:00 PM

Zick

Benson

PUBPL 6965

Survey Research Methods

Fall H

6:00-9:00 PM

Kowaleski-Jones

ECON 6300

Public Finance

Fall H 6:00-9:00 PM Gochnour
ECON 6380

Law and Economics

Spring

Spring

M

Online 

6:00-9:00 PM

Glick

Glick

PUBPL 6900

Public Policy Research

 
 Spring 6:00-9:00 PM 

Lyon-Cotti

 
PUBPL 6950

Applied Policy Project  & Capstone

 
Spring  6:00-9:00 PM  Kroes 
STAT 6003 

Survey of Statistical Software Packages

Spring

Fall 

T

6:00-9:00 PM

6:00-9:00 PM 

Tanana, Bannister, Hunt

Cook, Tanana, Hunt

 

There are a few factors to take into consideration when planning your program:
It is recommended that students take PADMN 6320 Public Policy Theories and Applications before PADMN 6323 Policy Analysis
Students should take PUBPL 6290 Applied Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy before taking PUBPL 6900 Public Policy Research
Students should take PUBPL 6900 Public Policy Research either before or with PUBPL 6563 Program and Policy Evaluation
Students should plan their program so that the Capstone course, PUBPL 6950, is taken in their final semester
To assist you, there are Degree Planning Tool located on the Current Students webpage under Degree Planning Tools

 

Elective Courses - minimum 9 credits 

Elective courses are taken in other departments and programs. Courses and offerings can change each semester and each year. Students should identify courses, using the University course catalog, that fit their policy track and notify the program manager before enrolling.

Please see the Degree Planning Tool or the Course Listings on our Current Students page for suggestions on the sequencing of courses.

The track options are:

  • Family and Social Welfare Policy 
  • Health Policy
  • Community Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • International Context of Public Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Economic Policy
  • Urban Affairs Policy 
  • Food Policy
  • Transportation Policy
  • Land Use Policy

In addition, with the approval of the MPP Program Director, you can pursue an existing certificate (more information is under Certificates) to fulfill the emphasis. Finally, you also have the opportunity to create, in partnership with the MPP Program Manager, an alternate track of emphasis in a substantive policy area on a course-available basis (e.g., Business Policy and Regulation).

Demography Certificate

Demography is the statistical study of populations. Demographers study the size, structure and distribution of populations, and spatial and/or temporal changes in them.

Demographic analysis can be applied to entire societies or to groups defined by criteria such as nationality, religion and ethnicity. Demographic research affects the central aspects of society: housing, education, health care, and business.

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Urban Planning Certificate

This certificate offers students and professionals critical urban planning methods and strategies in order to better engage contemporary planning challenges. This five-course certificate is particularly well suited for architects, business managers, economists, public agency managers, non-profit professionals, sociologists, or social workers; or for students from related disciplines wishing to work in these fields.

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Disability Studies Certificate

Disability Studies teaches about disability, not as an individual deficit, but in terms of physical and social barriers that constrain people.

Students graduating with the certificate will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in multiple roles, including, but not limited to, manager, co-worker, teacher, lawyer, business owner, service provider, community member, and neighbor.

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Sustainability Studies Certificate

This certificate is a collaborative, interdisciplinary program grounding students in science, society and policy in order to effectively address global change and sustainability challenges.

This transdisciplinary literacy will enhance graduate education without compromising disciplinary expertise. Students will be provided opportunities to develop their capacities as transformational change agents within their communities and institutions.

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Gender Studies Certificate

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on interactions of gender with race, class, sexual orientation, and nationality.

This certificate will be a way to deepen your research, strengthen your teaching, and increase your ability to find jobs after graduation. You will have an opportunity to think about your research and pedagogy in an interdisciplinary context and have an advantage in the job market. Students graduating with the certificate will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in many areas, including human services, law, social work, non-profit organizations, private business, the arts, health professions, and education.

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Social Change Certificate

More Information Coming Soon

 

MPP/JD

The University of Utah Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor joint degree is designed to combine students’ applied interests and training in public policy with the comprehensive legal training gained through the S.J. Quinney College of Law JD program. Both programs recognize the growing interrelationship between the public and private sectors and the increased need for leaders with a combination of policy-related skills and specializations in analysis, economics and law. One important career path for attorneys lies in the field of public policy and lawyers who pursue this career path will benefit by an education that includes policy content and process coupled with grounding in analysis, statistics and economics. Likewise, career professionals in public policy can function more effectively when they have a working understanding of law and legal institutions.

The S.J. Quinney College of Law program and the Master of Public Policy Program provide individual attention to help you realize your professional goals. The Law program is well established and well regarded, combining professional training in legal substance and methods with practical applications. The Master of Public Policy program provides analytical training and opportunities to participate in the policy process beyond the classroom. Both programs are small, and provide opportunities to study issues you care about in real world settings.

Students can earn both the MPP and JD in a four-year period. Individuals considering a career in policymaking in government, nonprofits, and in the private sector that require professional training in both legal and policy analysis are encouraged to apply.

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MPP/MPH

The Public Policy and Public Health (MPP/MPH) dual degree program is designed for students who seek to advance their training in the quantitative and qualitative methods of policy analysis and expand their knowledge of public health issues and health policies.

Health issues are an area of priority within the public arena. One of the primary ways in which health issues are dealt with is through public policy. Approaches to addressing issues range from government contracting for services to setting regulations and rules that promote population-level health (e.g., childhood vaccination policies). Students who pursue a joint MPP/MPH degree will acquire the skills needed to conduct effective health policy analysis, understand organizational processes within the health domain, develop policy-based approaches to address issues of public health importance, and translate complex public health policies for a lay audience. Graduates will also be educated in working across public, non-profit and private sectors to produce policy-based approaches to improving and protecting the public’s health. Through this joint degree program, graduates will gain the education needed to be effective in professional roles that involve health policy development, administration, and evaluation.

Certain careers will benefit from the skills gained obtaining a MPP/MPH degree. Graduates of the program may pursue research and policy analysis positions in federal and state governmental agencies, consulting organizations, health advocacy groups, and health care associations. Students graduating with a MPP/MPH degree will be qualified for many positions in the public health policy arena, including: health policy analyst, research associate, program planner/evaluator, risk analyst, and policy assistant.

For more information please contact either Elizabeth Henke in Public Policy or Jill Stephenson in Public Health.

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MPP/PhD

The Master in Public Policy and the PhD in Population Health Sciences are two naturally synergistic educational programs that employ an interdisciplinary approach to meet the changing needs in their respective fields.  Studying health care policy in the context of the patient interaction with health systems, and learning about health systems and the impact policy has on direct care is both unique and important.  Together, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. 

By linking policy decisions to individual patients, diverse perspectives are brought to bear and disparities are address head on.  Dual degree students are provided with the knowledge and skills to affect change in both health care and health care systems.  By making informed policy decisions, health care disparities and diverse perspectives are brought to the forefront.  This exciting program creates an educational path that prepares students to investigate, analyze and inform public policy in the context of a health care delivery system 

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        BA/BS/MPP

Earn your Bachelor's of Economics or Political Science and Masters of Public Policy in five years! 

The Combined BA or BS and MPP degree program provides an opportunity for students of recognized abilities to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science in economics or political science and a Master of Public Policy in five years rather than the normal six years. This program enables students to complete their undergraduate education and prepare themselves, at the graduate level, for a career in public policy in a somewhat expedited time frame.

What are the advantages of a Combined BA or BS and MPP degree?

The purpose of the BA or BS and MPP combined degree is to enhance your knowledge of economics and/or political science with valuable training in public policy. It allows you to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree in about five years, compared to the six or more years it would take if done separately.

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Last Updated: 1/26/17