Public Policy

Scope and Objectives

The Department of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary unit composed of faculty members from various disciplines, some of whom hold joint appointments in other UCLA departments. Its goal is to foster an understanding of the theory and practice of public policy in the many fields in which it applies. Examples include education, health care, unemployment and training, drug policy and crime, economic development, national security, and the environment. The department offers the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree and participates in the undergraduate minor in Public Affairs.

The MPP degree program is designed to train professionals in both public- and private-sector policy analysis and implementation, and offers coursework in such areas as microeconomics, statistics, political processes, and public and nonprofit management.

Concurrent degree programs allow students to combine study for an MPP with work toward a JD in the School of Law, an MBA in the Anderson Graduate School of Management, an MD in the Geffen School of Medicine, an MPH in the Fielding School of Public Health, or an MSW in the Department of Social Welfare.

The undergraduate minor in Public Affairs familiarizes students with key issues in public policy. Both programs have a heavy applied orientation. For additional information on the minor, see Public Affairs Schoolwide Programs.