Master of Public Policy
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The Hopkins MPP
The Bloomberg School has designed an innovative approach to policy studies that builds on past experience but adapts to the new policy realities of the 21st century.
We emphasize analytic thinking throughout the curriculum, from applied statistics and microeconomics to policy choices, formulation, implementation and evaluation. The program also links questions of ethics and values to policymaking.
Courses are designed to prepare students for involvement in the critical decision-making required in the development of public policy in the governmental, nonprofit and for-profit sectors.
The Hopkins MPP program stands out from most public policy programs in several major respects:
- emphasis on social determinants of community health and well-being
- a balance of quantitative and qualitative courses
- close contact with core faculty
- courses reflecting current and often path-breaking research
- enrichment through the involvement of scholars and practitioners from overseas
In addition to rigorous academic training, MPP students also develop real-world skills through courses, seminars and formal presentations to policy practitioners.
The MPP program also requires students to observe policy-making first-hand through internships, of at least 300 hours, in public or private agencies.
David Altschuler, PhD
State-specific Information for Externship Programs
Students currently cannot conduct internship activities in Kentucky. For more information, please contact the program office. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.