Master of Public Policy
Starting with the 2018/2019 academic year, the MPP Program will no longer be accepting admissions applications. The Department remains committed to providing policy-focused education and training. The Department continues to offer an MSPH in Health Policy which will be accepting applications for the 2019/2020 academic year starting August 2018.
The MPP program emphasizes 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.
In addition to rigorous academic training, MPP students also develop real-world skills through courses, seminars and formal presentations to policy practitioners. You can review the internship requirements, along with the program competencies and course requirements, below.
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.
MPP Program Curriculum 2017/18
The MPP requires the completion of at least 96 credits of didactic coursework. Throughout the entire program, MPP students are required to maintain a minimum 12-credit courseload for each of the four terms of the academic year.
550.860.82 Academic & Research Ethics
xxx.xxx.xx Introduction to On-line Learning
xxx.xxx.xx Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: VAWA and Title IX For Students
xxx.xxx.xx Plagiarism Prevention Training
140.624.01 Statistical Methods in Public Health IV
300.712.01 Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century
300.714.01 Policy Analysis
300.731.01 Policy Communications
300.862.81 Current Issues in Public Health
318.610.01 Statistical Analysis I
318.611.01 Statistical Analysis II
318.612.01 Statistical Analysis III
318.613.01 Statistical Analysis IV
318.623.01 Social Policy for Vulnerable Populations in the US
318.867.01 MPP Graduate Policy Seminar (all four terms)
340.721.81 Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health
550.865.81 Public Health Perspectives on Research
xxx.xxx.xx Approved Elective (terms 3-4)
306.625.01 Ethical Issues in Health Policy
318.615.01 Program Evaluation for Public Policy I
318.616.01 Program Evaluation for Public Policy II
318.810.01 MPP Field Placement (terms 1-2)
xxx.xxx.xx Approved Elective (all four terms)
Students must complete one of the following options to meet the required Economics requirement by the conclusion of the 4th term of the first year.
Course options to meet Economics Requirement
221.619.01 Introduction to Microeconomics
313.610.01 Health Economics for Managers
313.630.01 Economic Evaluation I
313.641.81 Introduction to Health Economics
313.643.07 Health Economics I
313.790.81 Introduction to Economic Evaluation
One of the central goals of the MPP program is to prepare students to be effective practitioners of policymaking, and to understand the problems of implementation common to working situations. To integrate the analytics and the substance, students participate in a series of skill building courses.
All students must complete an internship to qualify for the MPP degree. Students will register for the internship in the 1st and 2nd terms of the 2nd year although the actual experience may take place in the summer between years one and two. Students are required to work at their placements for a minimum of 300 hours.
At the conclusion of the internship experience, two written documents are required in order to receive the credits. Further criteria on the document requirements will be made available from the program office.
A sample of field placement sites in recent years include:
- Baltimore City Health Department
- Congressional Budget Office
- Corporation for National Service
- Federal Highway Administration's Office of Policy Development
- Local Government Information Network (LOGIN)
- Maryland Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention
- National Park Service
- Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Education Branch
- U.S. Conference of Mayors
- U.S. Department of Commerce/Technology Administration
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Office of Policy Development and Research
- U.S. General Accounting Office
- U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
- Advocates for Children & Youth
- Americans for the Arts
- Association of Academic Health Centers
- Baltimore Community Foundation
- Baltimore Office of the Public Defender
- Center for Social Policy and Community Development
- Children's Defense Fund
- Community Action Development
- Families USA
- Greater Homewood Community Corporation
- House of Ruth
- Kellogg Foundation
- Maryland Association of Non-profit Organizations
- Mothers Against Violence in America
- National Council for Urban Economic Development
- National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
- Open Society Institute
- Teach for America
- Teach Baltimore
- The Freshwater Institute at the Conservation Fund
- Thistle Community Housing
- Workfare Watch
- Aguirre International
- Alex Brown & Sons
- Amtrak, High-Speed Rail Division
- Bruce Morgan and Associates
- Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
- Child Trends
- Congressional Research Consulting Firm
- Families USA
- Inter-American Development Bank
- James Bell Associates
- Kennell and Associates
- Mathematica Policy Research
- The Lewin Group
- The Synergos Institute
- World Bank
Beth Resnick, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Director and Program Information
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.