MPP Program Competencies
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have mastered the following competencies:
- Recognize key principles from the fields of epidemiology, statistics, environmental health sciences, management, and the social and behavioral sciences and apply them appropriately to policy issues.
- Articulate the fundamental concepts and methods relevant to public policy analysis including problem definition, stakeholder analyses, evaluation of policy alternatives, and process and outcome evaluations.
- Describe and apply the models used to analyze and create public policy.
- Collect, analyze and synthesize information to inform the assessment of policy options.
- Evaluate the economic, political, administrative, legal and ethical aspects of alternative policy options.
- Illustrate the major steps involved in policy implementation.
- Identify the priorities of the various public and private actors engaged in implementing public policies.
- Formulate research questions to study policies and generate hypotheses.
- Apply the common empirical methods for analyzing policies including cost-benefit analysis, economic evaluation, and descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Collect, organize and summarize information from individuals, organizations, government agencies and communities in order to analyze, implement, and evaluate policy activities.
- Write professional quality analyses of policy issues with the appropriate and skillful use of evidence and citations suitable for a wide variety of audiences.
- Integrate professional skills including project management, communications, collaboration and team building to effectively work with policymakers, communities, and other stakeholders on a wide range of policy issues.