Why UNC Public Policy?

UNC Public Policy offers a distinctive emphasis on public policy education and research at the undergraduate and doctoral levels. It has particular strengths in six broad areas of policy research:

  • Education and Child Policy

  • Environmental Policy (Domestic and Global)

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, and Science and Technology Policy

  • Social Policy, Including Social Safety Net Policies and Low-Income Communities

  • Health Policy (Domestic and Global)

  • Global Policy Issues

 According to a recent University report, UNC Public Policy is one of three UNC undergraduate programs whose graduates have had the highest percentage of full-time employment within one year of graduation. Ph.D. graduates from our program leave UNC holding positions in many leading universities and policy research organizations. Currently, the Department has over 300 undergraduate majors pursuing varied fields of public policy study, and 20 to 25 Ph.D. graduate students in residence from around the world.