Welcome to the Department of Public Policy at Carolina!
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a strong commitment to public policy education and research, and to engagement with the public to improve policy outcomes. This site provides a gateway to the Department of Public Policy and the new Carolina Institute for Public Policy, and links to other related units.
The Department offers a distinctive emphasis on public policy education and research at the undergraduate and doctoral levels. Our undergraduate major includes strong preparation in writing and analysis, personal advising, internship opportunities (including an optional Washington Policy Semester), thesis research experience, and a capstone practicum in which our students develop policy solutions for public agencies and non-profit organizations. The Ph.D. in Public Policy provides a strong core curriculum in research design and methods, policy economics and institutions, and ethics, and particular strengths in education and child policy, domestic and international social policy, health, aging, immigration, environmental policy, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Our doctoral graduates now hold positions in many leading universities and policy research organizations.
Please contact us if you would like to hear more. We invite you to share the intellectual excitement we experience here every day.