Public Policy Center
*S. Chandler, PhD (Director)—policy analysis, child welfare, collaborative management, public administration
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
The Public Policy Center has 53 affiliate faculty representing all of the departments within the College of Social Sciences. See our website for their names and contact information, as well as their fields of interest, research, and areas of teaching.
The Academic Program
The mission of the Public Policy Center is to enhance the quality of community life throughout Hawai'i, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific region. This mission is achieved through an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research, service, and application. The center provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and gain experience in public policy. Its premise is that public policy analyses are critical to sound public policy decision-making and that teaching and scholarly work are intertwined and should be continually linked to the community beneficiaries. Public policy is a discipline that seeks to solve public problems through the design, analysis, and advocacy of well thought out, evidence-based research. In all levels of government and globally, public needs and limited resources require policy choices that are economically efficient, socially and technically effective, politically and administratively responsive. Such choices exist across a broad range of critical issues, including health, education, the environment, energy, economic development, social welfare policy, and community resilience. Students with experience and knowledge about public policy offer their community essential and meaningful skills and tools needed to analyze, design, and evaluate public policy choices. Students trained with these skills are attractive to employers in the public, nonprofit, and business sectors.
Bachelor's Degree in Public Affairs and Policy Studies
The Public Policy Center (PPC) and the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (MIPCR) offer a flexible, self-designed BA in public affairs and policy. Students may take courses that focus on such fields as leadership, health policy or the environment. Twelve (12) courses (36 credits) must be completed. They are distributed over 5 required courses and 7 electives. Courses are selected in consultation with faculty advisors.
Required foundation courses are offered in governance, Hawai'i politics and peace studies; policy methods; leadership skills, mediation and facilitation; human rights, international law, and constitutional law. Electives may be chosen from a variety of disciplines across campus. There is a capstone project or internship requirement.
Additional information is available at www.publicpolicycenter.hawaii.edu and from Interdisciplinary Studies at manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/is.
Courses in Public Policy
Students can select courses from a wide range of fields in addition to those offered by the Public Policy Center, including: political science, economics, public administration, urban and regional planning, peace studies and conflict resolution.
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