MPA Fellows concentrating in Social Policy learn an array of tools and policy history required for designing, managing, and evaluating programs in their choice of social policy area which include health, nutrition, education, poverty alleviation, aging, criminal justice and others. Much of the fundamental material in this concentration introduces students to problem formulation, identification of policy alternatives to address social concerns, cost-benefit analysis and other tools needed to evaluate policy alternatives and policy implementation strategies.

Representative Coursework

  • PAM 4140: Global Health and Economics and Policy
  • PAM 4190: Poverty, Policy, and Child Wellbeing
  • PAM 5010: Education Policy
  • PAM 5250: Neighborhoods, Housing, and Urban Policy
  • LAW 6471: Health Law
  • NS 6850: Empirical Methods for the Analysis of Household Survey Data


Representative Employers (Full Time & Internships)

  • Congressional Research Service
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
  • The Lewin Group
  • NY State Council on Children and Families
  • Open Door Family Medical Center
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
  • Teach for America
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • The World Bank


Representative Occupational Titles

  • Management Analyst
  • Program Analyst
  • Program officer
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Policy Analyst