Promote equity and forge social change

Social Policy Concentration

Gain the quantitative, political, administrative and legal skills to analyze social needs and policy impact on human lives worldwide. You'll learn to monitor, evaluate, and communicate data to convey the consequences of policy development and implementation.

This concentration is only available for students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration and Master of International Development programs.

Areas of Focus

  • Economics of gender and race
  • Crime and poverty
  • Health policy and healthcare access
  • Data and visualization
  • Inequality and discrimination
  • Drug control policy

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Major Courses and Plans of Study

With the social policy concentration, you will choose from a range of core courses tailored to you interests as well as taking a set of required degree courses. Compare the requirements for the MPA and MID degrees with this concentration.

Faculty Experts

Work with faculty whose academic backgrounds, fieldwork, and research are at the nexus of environmental policy and practice.

Sera Linardi

Sera Linardi
Associate Professor

Linardi collaborates with social service providers and technology firms through field and laboratory experiments to understand their organizational challenges and how to solve them.

Müge Kökten Finkel

Müge Kökten Finkel
Director, Ford Institute for Human Security; Assistant Professor

An authority on gender equality, Finkel's current research focuses on politics of public sector employment and opportunities for women.

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones
PhD Program Director; Associate Professor

As an Applied Microeconomist, Daniel's research focuses in the fields of public economics, labor economics, and political economy. Recently focusing on the economics of gender and race, he studies how diversity impacts certain economic, political, and policy outcomes.