Course List

Core Courses
  • PPOL 5110
    Foundation in Public Policy
    3 Credits

    This course is required for all first-year MPhil/PhD students in Public Policy. The course will provide an advanced foundation in the study and practice of public policy at the level required for graduate study. The course will cover both the historic foundations of policy studies, as well as emerging approaches and directions. As the study of public policy is inherently interdisciplinary, it will include perspectives from political science, public policy, economics, business and other aspects of social science. It will take a broad view of public policy, including taking up some of the core literature on public management and public administration.

  • PPOL 5130
    Microeconomics and Public Policy
    3 Credits

    The course covers Microeconomic core modules concerning consumer, firm, and market with emphasis on public policy application. A policy topic follows each module enquires students to apply economic model to analyze real world cases and evaluate policies.

  • PPOL 5140
    Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods
    3 Credits

    This course will introduce students to quantitative and empirical methods used by public policy analysts.  The course will provide an introduction to probability, statistics, and decision analysis, with a focus on the application of these techniques to policy problems. The course will also introduce students to software commonly used to analyze quantitative data.

  • PPOL 5150
    Public Policy Analysis
    3 Credits

    This course provides students with practical methods for analyzing public policy issues. It develops a policy research and modeling skillset in considering complex, real-world issues involving multiple actors with diverse interests, information uncertainty, institutional complexity, and ethical controversy. The analytical framework used in this course is inter- and multi-disciplinary. The course builds such an understanding of the complexity of policy problems in which the different branches of economics and social sciences have equal roles.

  • PPOL 5160
    Evidence in Public Policy
    3 Credits

    This course will introduce students to the different sorts of data and evidence used by policy analysts, including census data, spatial data, surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies, and policy experiments.  Students will also be introduced to some basic modeling approaches used in policy analysis (statistical models, economic models, systems dynamics etc).  Students will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different types of information, and different analytical and visualization techniques that analysts use to incorporate evidence into their work.

  • PPOL 5170
    Public Management and Leadership
    3 Credits

    This course offers an applied introduction to the field of public management and leadership. The course is designed to allow students to explore the challenges of implementing policy and to facilitate critical questioning of the techniques used by central and local governments to achieve these policies in both developed and developing countries. It will have a particular focus on public management and leadership in policy contexts that are characterized by complex systems, and policy areas that are characterized by a highly scientific/technical nature (energy systems, large scale infrastructure engineering projects/management, sustainable development, emergence of new technologies and risks, etc.).

  • PPOL 6110
    Policy Analysis Project
    6 Credits

    An independent group project carrying 6 credits cover two consecutive regular terms for students to work on selected topics in public policy under the supervision of a faculty member. The project is designed to help student learn how to identify some public policy problem and prepare, design and select public policy measure or program to mitigate/solve it.

    Participation of both internal communities of the university and external organizations in these projects will be highly encouraged. The responsibility of control, administration and assessment of the projects rest with the University. Students will hone their ability to work in team, analyze policy issues and develop concise report of their findings and recommendations. The paper should be written as though for a particular decision-maker in government or a nonprofit organization, with the writer assuming the role of a staff assistant to this decision-maker.  This course is for MPP students only.


    24 credits (8 courses)

    Students are required to take at least 18 credits of PPOL Electives and up to 6 credits of Other Electives. 

    Course code Course title No. of credit
    PPOL 5180 Risk and Regulation  3-credit
    PPOL 5190 Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development  3-credit
    PPOL 5200 Aging, Demography, and Policy  3-credit
    PPOL 5210 Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management  3-credit
    PPOL 5220 Complex Systems for Policy  3-credit
    PPOL 5230 Technology, Innovation and Public Policy   3-credit
    PPOL 5240 Advanced Analytical Methods for Public Policy  3-credit
    PPOL 5250 Innovation and Sustainability  3-credit
    PPOL 5270 Finance, Financial Cries and Economics Development  3-credit
    PPOL 6100 Special Topics in Public Policy  1-3 credit(s)
    Plus: Any 6 credits from the following courses
    ECON 5280 Applied Econometrics 4-credit
    ENEG 5050 Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development 3-credit
    EVVR 5250 Environmental Economics and Management 3-credit
    ENVR 5260 Environmental Policy and Management 3-credit
    ENVR 6060 Sustainability Economics 3-credit
    EVSM 5230 Environmental Health and Management 3-credit
    EVSM 6070 Environmental Impact Assessment 4-credit
    IELM 5570 Network Optimization in Transportation Systems 3-credit
    ISOM 5300 Information Infrastructure Policy and Regulation 2-credit
    ISOM 5370 Technology and Innovation Management 2-credit
    MARK 5230 Marketing and Behavioral Economics for Public Policy 2-credit
    SOSC 5170 Systematic Methods in Qualitative Research 3-credit
    SOSC 5340 Econometric Approaches to Social Science Research II 3-credit
    SOSC 5620 Sustainable Development 3-credit
    JEVE 5900* Carbon Management for Sustainable Environment 3-credit
    BIEN 5001* Responsible Conduct of Biomedical and Biotechnology Research 3-credit
    CIEM 5480* Wastewater Treatment and Reuse 3-credit
    CIEM 5630* Traffic Control Fundamentals and Practice 3-credit
    CIEM 5810* Engineering Risk, Reliability and Decision 3-credit
    IBTM 5050* Intelligent Building System 3-credit



    • For the highly technical courses, students will be approved to take the course(s) with advices sought from the MPP Program Director to construct a concentration that will cover both the policy and technical aspects of a particular area.