Professional Development Program:

Introduction to Public Policy

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Entrance Requirements: Post-Secondary degree or diploma OR relevant experience

Public policies are carried out in the name of the people as a whole, and they affect the public interest. Students will gain a greater understanding of the policy making process and the phases in policy development, implementation and evaluation. You will also strengthen your theoretical understanding of the underpinnings of public policy work.

The certificate program will provide you with a solid foundation from which you can build upon in your work and help you identify the attributes required of effective policy makers. This course is designed for newcomers to government and to public policy work. If you are new to policy and want to gain an idea of what policy work involves, this course is for you.

By the end of this course, students should be able to understand and learn:

  • Theory sustaining public policy work and the realities of working in a policy role
  • Policy development cycle
  • Processes of policy consultation
  • Context in which government policy is developed
  • Skills and attributes which are required for policy work
  • What decision makers are looking for in policy proposals

This certificate is delivered fully online so that you can complete assignments when it’s most convenient for you, all while receiving support from a dedicated instructor and interacting with classmates.  Click here for FAQ’s about our unique online learning format.

Who Should Take the Course?

The Introduction to Public Policy certificate is designed for newcomers to government and to public policy work. If you are new to policy and want to gain an idea of what policy work involves, this course is for you.