Master of Public Policy Overview
Adler University’s Master of Public Policy program is uniquely designed to prepare graduates to lead government policy and advocacy efforts that advance social change—crucial to creating more equitable, just and healthy communities throughout the United States and globally. This professionally oriented master’s degree prepares you with core knowledge and skills in policy development and critical analysis, service evaluation, economic disparities, cross cultural communication, community organizing, advocacy, leadership, and management—all necessary for effective leadership and advocacy in the public arena.
Our Master of Public Policy program prepares you for a wide, ever-growing range of opportunities in public policy, with national, state, and local governments; policy research centers; consulting firms; community action groups; and NGOs and directservice providers in the United States and around the world.
Career options include positions such as policy analyst, program administrator, community organizer, and program evaluator, as well as leadership roles in research and analysis, community development and advocacy, administration, consulting, management, and other capacities that influence policy at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Our program combines the best features of traditional graduate education and training in policy and service—with our University’s hallmark social justice mission and focus on social change.
Community Health Concentration
Our Community Health concentration provides students with the policy and advocacy knowledge, skills, and aptitudes required to work with one of the world’s most pressing trends—the unprecedented growth and size of the world’s urban areas—and ensure that urban living promotes population mental health and well-being.
Through the Community Health concentration, you will gain critical understanding that community health depends on interconnected sociocultural, physical, economic and political factors—and on participatory governance through community collaboration to improve and sustain overall community health and well-being. Graduates are prepared to develop, implement and evaluate policy interventions that reduce urban environmental risk factors, and enhance protective factors that promote overall human health and and well-being in urban communities.