Public Policy Specialization

Overview

Which public policies are doing what they're designed to do, and which could do their job better? The Public Policy Analysis specialization gives you tools to make these evaluations and play a leading role in evaluating and creating policy that better serves the public good.   

You'll learn the analytical and quantitative skills you’ll need to create and assess policy responses to important public issues and urban problems. And you’ll graduate ready to address big questions: How can cities create and implement policies for growth and development? What are the next steps to solving global poverty? Which policies are most effective at minimizing racial disparities? How can education policy improve the performance and equity of US educational systems?

Students in the Public Policy Analysis specialization have the option to follow the Quantitative Methods and Evaluation Track.

DEGREE CORE COURSES

CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis
CORE-GP.1020, Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy

Required Courses

Students complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2140, Public Economics and Finance
PADM-GP.2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
PADM-GP.2902, Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics

Students must also choose and complete one of the following policy formation courses:

PADM-GP.2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
URPL-GP.2415, Public Policy and Planning in New York
HPAM-GP.2836, Current Issues in Health Policy

Students who plan to apply for quantitative analyst or program evaluation positions post-graduation, or are interested in developing data analysis skills, should complete one of the following two courses or follow the Quantitative Methods Track:

PADM-GP.2172, Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
PADM-GP.2875, Estimating Impacts in Policy Research

Elective Courses

Students may wish to organize their electives around the following analytical methods or content areas:

Economic Analysis of Public Policy

PADM-GP.2138, Macroeconomics, Global Markets, and Policy
PADM-GP.2139, Behavioral Economics and Public Policy Design
PADM-GP.2147, Corporate Finance and Public Policy
PADM-GP.2203, International Economic Development: Governments, Markets, and Communities
PADM-GP.2415, Drug Policy and the City
PADM-GP.2441, The Economics of Education: Policy and Finance
PADM-GP.2445, Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
URPL-GP.2608, Urban Economics
HPAM-GP.4830, Health Economics: Principles
HPAM-GP.4831, Health Economics: Topics in Domestic Health Policy
HPAM-GP.4860, Topics in Health Policy: The Affordable Care Act
HPAM-GP.4865, Public Policy and Obesity Research

Education Policy

PADM-GP.2441, The Economics of Education: Policy and Finance
PADM-GP.4440, Education and Social Policy

Environmental Policy

URPL-GP.2610, Environmental Impact Assessment: Process and Procedures
URPL-GP.2613, Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective

International Development Policy

PADM-GP.2138, Macroeconomics, Global Markets, and Policy
PADM-GP.2201, Institutions, Governance, and International Development
PADM-GP.2202, Politics of International Development
PADM-GP.2203, International Economic Development: Governments, Markets, and Communities
PADM-GP.2204, Development Assistance, Accountability and Aid Effectiveness
PADM-GP.2211, Program Development and Management for International Organizations
PADM-GP.2213, Immigration Politics and Policy -- Past and Present
PADM-GP.2223, Advocating for International Human Rights: Strategies and Theories of Change
PADM-GP.2236, Protecting Rights and Promoting Development: Labor and Environmental Standards in the Global Economy
HPAM-GP.2242, International Health Policy and Prospects (Geneva, Switzerland)
PADM-GP.2250, Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (Accra, Ghana)
URPL-GP.2251, Urbanization and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China (Shanghai, China)
URPL-GP.2613, Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective
URPL-GP.2665, Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries
PADM-GP.4250, Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (meets in New York only)

Quantitative Methods & Evaluation

PADM-GP.2139, Behavioral Economics and Public Policy Design
PADM-GP.2172, Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
PADM-GP.2505, Applied Data Analytics for Public Policy
PADM-GP.2875, Estimating Impacts in Policy Research
PADM-GP.4113, Evidence-Based Management
PADM-GP.4147, Large Scale Data Analysis I
PADM-GP.4148, Large Scale Data Analysis II
PADM-GP.4501, Advanced Quantitative Analysis I: Survey Methods
PADM-GP.4502, Advanced Quantitative Analysis II: Categorical Dependent Variables
PADM-GP.4503, Introduction to Data Analytics for Public Policy, Administration, and Management
PADM-GP.4504, Introduction to Database Design, Management, and Security
PHD-GP.5905, Qualitative Research Methods

Politics & the Policy Process

PADM-GP.2109, The Legal Context for Policy and Public Management
PADM-GP.2120, Control & Accountability in Organizations: Executive Decision Making
PADM-GP.2201, Institutions, Governance, and International Development
PADM-GP.2202, Politics of International Development
PADM-GP.2213, Immigration Politics and Policy -- Past and Present
PADM-GP.2245, Financing Local Government in Developing Countries
PADM-GP.2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
URPL-GP.2665, Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries
PADM-GP.4116, Participatory Policymaking
PADM-GP.4124, Political Participation and Policy
PADM-GP.4132, Governance of Public/Private Finance: Policy, Law & Business
PADM-GP.4419, Communicating Public Policy in the Digital Era
HPAM-GP.4860, Topics in Health Policy: The Affordable Care Act

Race, Class & Diversity Policy

PADM-GP.2129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.2416, Segregation and Public Policy
PADM-GP.2444, LGBTQ Issues in Public Policy
PADM-GP.2445, Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
URPL-GP.2452, Transforming Cities: Public-Private Partnerships, Public Spaces, Politics & the Press
URPL-GP.2620, Race and Class in American Cities
URPL-GP.2670, Land Use, Housing and Community Development Seminar
PADM-GP.4116, Participatory Policymaking
PADM-GP.4129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.4401, Criminal Justice and Neighborhoods
PADM-GP.4402, Juvenile Justice Issues: New York’s Response to Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
URPL-GP.4622, Wealth and Inequality: Asset Development and Poverty Reduction Policies in the U.S.
URPL-GP.4635, Community Equity

Social Policy

PADM-GP.2109, The Legal Context for Policy and Public Management
PADM-GP.2174, The Intersection of Operations and Policy
PADM-GP.2223, Advocating for International Human Rights: Strategies and Theories of Change
PADM-GP.2415, Drug Policy and the City
PADM-GP.2441, The Economics of Education: Policy and Finance
PADM-GP.2445, Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
PADM-GP.4116, Participatory Policymaking
PADM-GP.4440, Education and Social Policy
URPL-GP.4622, Wealth and Inequality: Asset Development and Poverty Reduction Policies in the U.S.

Urban Policy

URPL-GP.1605, Land Use Law
PADM-GP.2144, Debt Financing and Management for Public Organizations
URPL-GP.2251, Urbanization and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China (Shanghai, China)
PADM-GP.2415, Drug Policy and the City
URPL-GP.2415, Public Policy and Planning in New York
URPL-GP.2452, Transforming Cities: Public-Private Partnerships, Public Spaces, Politics & the Press
URPL-GP.2608, Urban Economics
URPL-GP.2613, Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective
URPL-GP.2620, Race and Class in American Cities
URPL-GP.2660, History and Theory of Planning
URPL-GP.2670, Land Use, Housing and Community Development Seminar
PADM-GP.4250, Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (meets in New York only)
PADM-GP.4401, Criminal Justice and Neighborhoods
PADM-GP.4402, Juvenile Justice Issues: New York’s Response to Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
URPL-GP.4606, Comparative Land Use Planning
PADM-GP.4619, The Arts and Artist in Urban Revitalization
URPL-GP.4632, Planning Healthy Neighborhoods
URPL-GP.4635, Community Equity
URPL-GP.4638, Housing and Community Development Policy

QUANTITATIVE METHODS AND EVALUATION TRACK

 

This track is intended for students who wish to develop strong quantitative skills and the ability to handle and analyze data. Students in this track will learn about analytic thinking with data, advanced regression and machine learning methods, and survey methods. These skills are used in a broad range of policy analysis—from federal budgets to city regulations—and in program evaluation.

Students who complete the following track (9 credits) will receive a certificate of completion (distributed after all other degree requirements have been met).

Quantitative Track students must complete the following 4.5 credits (2 courses):

PADM-GP 2172, Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
PADM-GP 4503, Introduction to Data Analytics for Public Policy, Administration, and Management

Quantitative Track students must complete 4.5 credits from:

PADM-GP.4501, Advanced Quantitative Analysis I: Survey Methods
PADM-GP.4502, Advanced Quantitative Analysis II: Categorical Dependent Variables
PADM-GP.4504, Introduction to Database Design, Management, and Security
PADM-GP.4505, Applied Data Analytics for Public Policy
PADM-GP.4147, Large-Scale Data Analysis I
PADM-GP.4148, Large-Scale Data Analysis II

Quantitative Track students may wish to choose electives from the following:

PADM-GP.4114, Surveys and Interviews
PADM-GP.4117, Systems Thinking for Deep Data Literacy
PADM-GP.4119, Data Visualization and Presentation
URPL-GP.2618, Geographic Systems and Analysis
URPL-GP.4651, Advanced GIS: Topics in Spatial Analysis