Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management

The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management at Heinz College trains students to do cutting edge scientific research on real world problems in public policy and management in an increasingly complex, multifaceted world. Our students are trained in multiple disciplinary perspectives, advanced theoretical models, and frontier methodological and computer-based tools. This provides Heinz students with an advance “researcher’s toolkit" with which to rigorously address fundamental problems in public policy and management.

Research Areas

While the focus of our doctoral program is broad with policy and management focus, some key areas of strength are:

Health Policy: Importance of healthcare policy cannot be overstated. Many faculty members are working on important role of competition, IT and regulations that affect the cost and quality of health delivery. Many of our faculty is widely recognized for their work both academically and in influencing policy making. Some key faculty are Martin Gaynor, Amelia Haviland, Seth Richards-Shubik, Lowell Taylor, and Rema Padman.

Crime and Drug Policy: Analyzing and designing practical crime and drug policies is highly challenging. Many of our faculty have been working with sophisticated statistical and policy tools to understand the impact of various state and federal policies on crime rate and drug sale. The research then leads to recommendations on how the policies should be designed and updated. Many of our faculty is widely acclaimed for their work in this domain. Some key faculty members are: Al Blumstein, Jon Caulkins, Wil Gorr, Amelian Haviland, and Daniel Nagin.

Organization Behavior and Management: Understanding the role of social networks within organizations, role of teams and evidence based analysis is a key focus of this group. We have experts on network based analysis who examine how influence diffuses. David Choi, David Krackhardt and Seth Richards-Shubik are some of the key faculty with sociology, economics and statistical focus to examine these issues. Denise Rousseau is a leading expert on evidence based management within organizations.

Management Science: We have strong group of faculty interested in Management Science who use optimization/OR techniques to solve public policy problems. In particular faculty like Al Blumstein, Jon Caulkins, Robert Hampshire, and Ramayya Krishnan use these technique for problems related to urban planning and transportation research, policy analysis, data mining and so on.

We also offer joint programs with other schools on the campus that allows our students to focus on various other policy/management issues.

PhD in Economics and Public Policy: This is a joint program with Tepper School’s economics department. Students interested in Labor, Education, Trade policies should strongly consider applying to this program. Shamena Anwar, Lee Branstetter, Karen Clay, Martin Gaynor, Brian Kovak, Seth Richards-Shubik and Lowell Taylor are key faculty members.

PhD in Machine Learning and Public Policy: The Joint Ph.D. Program in Machine Learning and Public Policy is a new program for students to gain the skills necessary to develop new state-of-the-art machine learning technologies and apply these successfully to real-world policy issues. Some key faculty members working in this space are Jamie Callan, David Choi, Stephen Fienberg, Ramayya Krishnan, Daniel Neill, and Rema Padman.

PhD in Statistics and Public Policy: This is a joint program with the Statistics Department at CMU. Students interested in applying sophisticated statistical models to public policy problems should consider applying to this program. David Choi, Stephen Fienberg, Amelia Haviland and Daniel Nagin are key faculty members.

Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Technological Change: This is a joint program with department of Social and Decision Science, Tepper School, and Engineering and Public Policy. Students interested in studying innovation, entrepreneurship, technology change should apply to this program. Sergey Braguinsky and Lee Branstetter are key faculty members (see http://www.cmu.edu/SETChange/).

Heinz College also offers a PhD in Information Systems and Management. Please visit the website for details on the program.

Program Contact Information

Rahul Telang, Director

For information about applying to Heinz College, please contact Heinz College Admissions.

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