Policy Tracks

Students in the Public Policy Research Scholars program must take three courses in a policy track of their choosing. Possible policy tracks, and courses within those tracks, are outlined below; however, students also may propose a different policy track, if their interests lie outside of the listed options. 

Please note that the lists of courses given here are not exhaustive. They include some but not all of the courses that PPRS students may take for their chosen policy track. Students may get approval from the PPRS program advisor for taking other relevant courses. 

Education Policy

AFRC 460/URBS 460 School Reform and Public Policy
AFRC 712 Comprehensive School Reform as Applied Public Policy
EDUC 501 Economy of Education in Developing Countries
EDUC 541 Access and Choice in American Higher Education
EDUC 544 School and Society
EDUC 548 American Education Reform History
EDUC 556 Higher Education Finance
EDUC 570 Education and American Metropolis
EDUC 591 Applied Research Methods to Inform Policy and Practice
EDUC 595 Politics and Education
EDUC 601 Economic Aspects of Education Policy
EDUC 692 Education Policy Issues
EDUC 707 U.S. School Policy and Reform 
EDUC 714 Law and Higher Education

Energy and Environmental Policy

BEPP 261/OPIM261 Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
BEPP/OIDD 263 Environmental & Energy Economics and Policy
CPLN 531 Introduction to Environmental Planning
CPLN 535 Topics in Energy Policy
CPLN 635 Water Policy
CPLN 678 Elements of a Sustainable Development Policy
EAS 301 Climate Policy and Technology
EAS 306 Electricity and Systems Markets
EAS 401 Energy and Its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
EAS 402 Renewable Energy and Its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
EAS 403 Energy Systems and Policy
ENMG 502 Introduction to Energy Policy
ENMG 507 Ideas in Energy Policy
ENVS 400 Environmental Policy
ENVS 412 Economics and the Environment
ENVS 426 Risk Assessment: Science & Policy Challenges
ENVS 431 Current EPA Regulatory Practices and Future Directions
ENVS 439 Policy to Practical in Environmental Management: Water Issues
ENVS 463/URBS 463 Brownfield Remediation
ENVS 611 Environmental Law
LGST 215/MGMT 215 Environmental Management
PHYS 016 Energy, Oil, and Global Warming
URBS 417 Cities and Sustainability
URBS 478 Elements of Sustainable Development Policy 

Fiscal Policy

BEPP 204 Financing and Managing Government
BEPP 230/FNCE230/REAL230 Urban Fiscal Policy
ECON 028 Financial Meltdown
ECON 030/PPE 030 Analysis of Public Policy
ECON 231 Public Finance
ECON 232/PPE 232 Political Economy
ECON 237 Urban Fiscal Policy
ECON 243 Monetary and Fiscal Policies
ECON 246 Money and Banking
FNCE 238 Capital Markets
FNCE 393 Global, Monetary and Financial Stability Policy

Health Care Policy

ECON 039/HCMG 202 Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
HCMG 101 Health Care Systems
HCMG 211/LGST 211 Legal Aspects of Health Care
HCMG 212 Health Care Quality and Outcomes: Measurement and Management
HCMG 215 Management and Economics of Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Industries
HCMG 216 Health Insurance and Health Care Strategy
HCMG 250 Health Policy: Health Care Reform and the Future of the American Health System
HPR 604 Introduction to Statistics for Health Policy
HPR 606 Fundamentals of Health Policy
HSOC 150/SOCI 152 American Health Policy
NURS 334 Public Policy and the Nation’s Health
NURS 359 Quality Care Challenges in an Evolving Health Care Market
NURS 588 Politics of Women’s Healthcare
NURS 640 Global Health and Health Policy
PSCI 221 Comparative Health Politics
PUBH 500 Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 505 Public Health Administration and Policy
SOCI 111 Health of Popultations
SOCI 152 American Health Policy

Housing and Real Estate Policy

BEPP 206/REAL 206 Urban Public Policy & Private Economic Development
BEPP 230/FNCE 230/REAL 230 Urban Fiscal Policy
CPLN 625 Housing and Community Development Policy
CPLN 644 Neighborhood Change and Equitable Development
ENVS 463/URBS 463 Brownfield Remediation
REAL 215 Urban Real Estate Economics
URBS 415 Urban Real Estate Markets
URBS 450 Urban Redevelopment
URBS 451 Politics of Housing and Urban Development

Innovation and Technology Policy

CIS 125/EAS 125 Technology and Policy
COMM 417 Politics of Digital Media Policy
HCMG 215 Management and Economics of Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Industries
LAW 507 Introduction to Intellectual Law and Policy
LAW 613 Technology and Policy
LGST 222/OPIM 222 Internet Law and Policy

Risk Management Policy

BEPP 203 Business in the Global Political Environment
BEPP 305 Risk Management
ECON 246 Money and Banking
LAW 645 Insurance Law and Policy
LGST 223 Securities Regulation

Trade Policy

ECON 050 International Economics
ECON 251 International Trade
LAW 736 International Trade Regulation
LGST 216 Emerging Economies
LGST 219 Law and Policy in International Business

Urban Policy

AFRC 460/URBS 460 School Reform and Public Policy
BEPP 206/REAL 206 Urban Public Policy and Private Economic Development
BEPP 230/FNCE230/REAL230 Urban Fiscal Policy
CPLN 502 Urban Redevelopment and Infrastructure Finance
CPLN 520 Introduction to Community and Economic Development
CPLN 550 Introduction to Transit Planning
CPLN 621 Metropolitan Food System
CPLN 625 Housing and Community Development Policy
CPLN 635 Water Policy
CPLN 676 The Immigrant City
ECON 237 Urban Fiscal Policy
EDUC 570 Education and American Metropolis
ENVS 463/URBS 463 Brownfield Remediation
FNAR 201/URBS 410 Urban Communities and the Arts: Research & Policy
PSCI 136 Urban Politics in the US
SOCI 420 Perspectives on Urban Poverty
SOCI 435 Globalization and the City
SOCI 452 Metropolitan Growth and Poverty
URBS 402 The City and Homelessness
URBS 415 Urban Real Estate Markets
URBS 417 Cities and Sustainability
URBS 419 Transportation and American Society
URBS 450 Urban Redevelopment
URBS 451 The Politics of Housing and Urban Development
URBS 454 City Limits: The Impact of Urban Policy
URBS 456 Economics and Urban Affairs
URBS 478 Elements of Sustainable Development Policy


  • <h3>Internal Revenue Service: Tax Statistics</h3><p><img width="155" height="200" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/155/height/200/486_irs_logo.rev.1407789424.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image486 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/155/height/200/486_irs_logo.rev.1407789424.jpg 2x" data-max-w="463" data-max-h="596"/>Find statistics on business tax, individual tax, charitable and exempt organizations, IRS operations and budget, and income (SOI), as well as statistics by form, products, publications, papers, and other IRS data.</p><p> Quick link to <strong>Tax Statistics, where you will find a wide range of tables, articles, and data</strong> that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2" target="_blank">http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Congressional Budget Office</h3><p><img width="180" height="180" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/180/380_cbo-logo.rev.1406822035.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image380 lw_align_right" data-max-w="180" data-max-h="180"/>Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process.</p><p> The agency is strictly nonpartisan and conducts objective, impartial analysis, which is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates that its economists and policy analysts produce each year. CBO does not make policy recommendations, and each report and cost estimate discloses the agency’s assumptions and methodologies. <strong>CBO provides budgetary and economic information in a variety of ways and at various points in the legislative process.</strong> Products include baseline budget projections and economic forecasts, analysis of the President’s budget, cost estimates, analysis of federal mandates, working papers, and more.</p><p> Quick link to Products page: <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-products" target="_blank">http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-products</a></p><p> Quick link to Topics: <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/topics" target="_blank">http://www.cbo.gov/topics</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED®)</h3><p><strong><img width="180" height="79" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/79/481_fred-logo.rev.1407788243.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image481 lw_align_right" data-max-w="222" data-max-h="97"/>An online database consisting of more than 72,000 economic data time series from 54 national, international, public, and private sources.</strong> FRED®, created and maintained by Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, goes far beyond simply providing data: It combines data with a powerful mix of tools that help the user understand, interact with, display, and disseminate the data.</p><p> Quick link to data page: <a href="http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series" target="_blank">http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>HUD State of the Cities Data Systems</h3><p><strong><img width="200" height="200" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/200/height/200/482_hud_logo.rev.1407788472.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image482 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/200/height/200/482_hud_logo.rev.1407788472.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/200/height/200/482_hud_logo.rev.1407788472.jpg 3x" data-max-w="612" data-max-h="613"/>The SOCDS provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs.</strong> It is a portal for non-national data made available through a number of outside institutions (e.g. Census, BLS, FBI and others).</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/socds.html" target="_blank">http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/socds.html</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Federal Aviation Administration: Accident & Incident Data</h3><p><img width="100" height="100" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image80 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg 3x" data-max-w="550" data-max-h="550"/>The NTSB issues an accident report following each investigation. These reports are available online for reports issued since 1996, with older reports coming online soon. The reports listing is sortable by the event date, report date, city, and state.</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/" target="_blank">http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>National Center for Education Statistics</h3><p><strong><img width="400" height="80" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/400/height/80/479_nces.rev.1407787656.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image479 lw_align_right" data-max-w="400" data-max-h="80"/>The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.</strong> NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES has an extensive Statistical Standards Program that consults and advises on methodological and statistical aspects involved in the design, collection, and analysis of data collections in the Center. To learn more about the NCES, <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/about/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p> Quick link to NCES Data Tools: <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/datatools/index.asp?DataToolSectionID=4" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/datatools/index.asp?DataToolSectionID=4</a></p><p> Quick link to Quick Tables and Figures: <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/</a></p><p> Quick link to NCES Fast Facts (Note: The primary purpose of the Fast Facts website is to provide users with concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning.): <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/#</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>MapStats</h3><p> A feature of FedStats, MapStats allows users to search for <strong>state, county, city, congressional district, or Federal judicial district data</strong> (demographic, economic, and geographic).</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/" target="_blank">http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>NOAA National Climatic Data Center</h3><p><img width="200" height="198" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image483 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg 3x" data-max-w="954" data-max-h="945"/>NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation’s treasure of <strong>climate and historical weather data and information</strong>.</p><p> Quick link to home page: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/</a></p><p> Quick link to NCDC’s climate and weather datasets, products, and various web pages and resources: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/quick-links" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/quick-links</a></p><p> Quick link to Text & Map Search: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>The World Bank Data (U.S.)</h3><p><img width="130" height="118" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image484 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1406" data-max-h="1275"/>The <strong>World Bank</strong> provides World Development Indicators, Surveys, and data on Finances and Climate Change.</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states" target="_blank">http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>National Bureau of Economic Research (Public Use Data Archive)</h3><p><img width="180" height="43" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/43/478_nber.rev.1407530465.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image478 lw_align_right" data-max-w="329" data-max-h="79"/>Founded in 1920, the <strong>National Bureau of Economic Research</strong> is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.</p><p> Quick Link to <strong>Public Use Data Archive</strong>: <a href="http://www.nber.org/data/" target="_blank">http://www.nber.org/data/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>The Penn World Table</h3><p> The Penn World Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 189 countries/territories for some or all of the years 1950-2010.</p><p><a href="https://pwt.sas.upenn.edu/php_site/pwt71/pwt71_form.php" target="_blank">Quick link.</a> </p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>USDA Nutrition Assistance Data</h3><p><img width="180" height="124" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image485 lw_align_right" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1233" data-max-h="850"/>Data and research regarding the following <strong>USDA Nutrition Assistance</strong> programs are available through this site:</p><ul><li>Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) </li><li>Food Distribution Programs </li><li>School Meals </li><li>Women, Infants and Children </li></ul><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/data-and-statistics" target="_blank">http://www.fns.usda.gov/data-and-statistics</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>