USC Price School of Public Policy

IPPAM Curriculum

nana_yuliana.1800x1200The International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) curriculum provides analytical and managerial expertise and addresses pressing global policy issues such as:

  • globalization and trade
  • decentralization
  • privatization
  • community participation
  • economic development and job creation
  • building civil society

Students complete a minimum of 32 units for the MPPM degree. There are five core courses (18 units) taken by all students in the IPPAM program and 14 units in an area of concentration chosen by the student.

IPPAM is designed to provide a solid foundation for policy, planning, and management applied to a wide range of social sectors. Student specialization is developed by completing a master’s project, three elective courses, and in the design of relevant projects in the core courses.

» Core Courses
» Specialization Courses
» Master’s Project
» Relationship between Courses, Knowledge and Skills

Core Courses

The core courses build a solid foundation in analysis, policy development, planning, and management. These courses emphasize analytical and problem-solving skills for diagnosing policy problems, formulating policy reform, and implementing new programs. The five core courses consist of:

  • Applied Statistics for Planning, Policy and Management
  • Economics for Policy, Planning and Development
  • International Public Policy and Management Seminar
  • Policy and Program Evaluation
  • Applied International Policy Analysis and Management Project

Specialization Courses

Specialization courses allow students to develop substantive expertise in a specific policy arena, such as health or education; or to strengthen leadership, communication, advocacy or other skills that enhance their effectiveness once they return home.

Public Policy and Public Sector Management
Students address local, national and international problems through courses that develop their skills in formulating and implementing policy, program design, management decision making, budgeting, and leadership. Courses focus on market-based planning methodologies, marketing, and organizational change strategy.

Health Policy and Hospital Management
Students deepen their knowledge in areas such as:

  • advanced concepts related to organizing and managing hospitals and clinics, insurance plans, and managed care plans;
  • economic concepts applied to the health sector;
  • hospital and health services financing;
  • strategic and operational planning for health services;
  • communicable disease control;
  • quality assurance and patient satisfaction.

Educational Planning, Policy and Management
This specialization is for IPPAM students who wish to pursue work that advances educational opportunities and access by focusing on areas such as:

  • education policy and program evaluation;
  • organization, administration, and management of public sector education at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels;
  • development, planning, and evaluation of curricular and instructional materials;
  • advanced educational methodologies.

Urban Planning and Infrastructure Management
Students preparing to work in rapidly urbanizing areas of Asia and the Pacific can benefit from specialization in:

  • local economic development
  • urban infrastructure management
  • transportation planning
  • housing and community development
  • decentralization and devolution of governments

Nonprofit Management and Entrepreneurship
This specialization prepares professionals for leadership roles in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private non–profit organizations specializing in social sector programs. Courses explore the important role that nonprofits play in helping to solve social problems. Students learn how to adapt business and entrepreneurial skills to the nonprofit sector.

  • Create innovative programs
  • Form partnerships with public and private agencies
  • Enhance financial viability
  • Improve client services

Communicating Public Policy
Students develop expertise to work as media specialists and public relations experts for positions in government agencies or organizations that provide information to the general public. In-class and extracurricular activities are designed to prepare students to address current issues relevant to public awareness campaigns and media regulation.

Master’s Project

Completion of an applied master’s project is a key element of the IPPAM program. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students develop a project relevant to their area of concentration. The project helps students develop in–depth expertise about a chosen topic to which they integrate and apply many of the concepts learned in their core and elective courses. Some participants may travel to their home offices during the winter recess to collect data and work on the project. Others may make site visits to U.S. organizations for comparative purposes or to collect data.

Relationship between courses, knowledge and skills

The diagram below illustrates how various skill areas emphasized in the program (data analysis, policy design and implementation, management expertise, program evaluation) are integrated into the IPPAM courses.

Relationship between IPPAM Courses, Knowledge, and Skills(PDF)