Global Policy Specialization
This specialization introduces students to key issues addressed by global policy, such as development goals, the environment, financial regulation, nuclear proliferation, democratization and state-building. Graduates build the tools, training and knowledge necessary to lead policy development in an increasingly interdependent world while engaging various governments, private industries, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. Choose three courses:
CURRICULA FOR MASTER’S OR PHD LEVEL
Why do people not recycle, even when offered monetary incentives? Why has the ‘War on Drugs’ failed? Why don’t people enroll in 401(k) savings plans? Why is the market for knock-off brand-name goods and pirated DVDs/software so large? This class will use behavioral economics to investigate questions related to policy formulation, implementation, framing and failure. With readings from current experts in the field including Ariely, Thaler, Kahneman and Frank, this class will discuss both behavioral economic theory and its application in policy areas such as immigration, the environment, health care, international relations and (of course) the national economy.
This class examines several prominent international organizations, including the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization. The course will focus on both policy controversies and broader theoretical analysis. Students will address why each organization was created, its institutional structure, and current problems confronting each organization. The effects of international organizations on world politics will also be examined. Some of the key questions that will be addressed are: How do IOs foster interstate cooperation and state compliance? How do IOs shape state interests and identities? Why do IOs often fail? How should we think about the pathologies of IOs as global bureaucracies? How do IOs influence NGOs and their strategies? Particular emphasis will be placed on students’ ability to think critically, both about the nature of problems that face states as well as development of global governance mechanisms.
The goal of this course is to give students the knowledge, tools, and confidence to understand, craft, and advocate for incentives and economic policies. Students will be able to apply macroeconomic principles, draw conclusions about the relevance of economic incentives, and explain in substantial detail the current debates covering such topics as economic systems, international trade, monetary policy, global resource allocation, and development economics. While a working understanding of undergraduate-level microeconomics is helpful, and it is recommended students take 404 Microeconomics first, the content of this course will cover these areas in sufficient detail for students without any background. Previously titled International Macroeconomic Policy.
This class introduces and unpacks the concept of global health governance to familiarize students with questions and problems that revolve around it. This is done with the intention to enable students to relate their already existing knowledge of public health to the field of policy-making and apply this new knowledge to their own areas of expertise. The class aims to develop an awareness of actual cases, which will enable the students to understand the way successful policies work. Since academic research is never a solitary activity, students will be expected to discuss the readings and lectures with their peers along the way. The instructor will prompt the debate by positing particular questions.
Prerequisite: MSGH 405 Foundations of Global Health and Global Burden of Disease
Climate and environment are among the most complex and consequential arenas of 21st century public policy. This course will provide an overview of major US environmental laws and the court cases interpreting them, and will also explore initiatives to reach international agree-ment on global environmental threats such as climate change. We will address habitat and natural resource protection, explore the limits of federal power to mediate between private resource extraction and public property rights, and learn the frameworks and standards for protection of US surface waters and air quality. We will address how federalism operates in addressing issues as diverse as land use planning and solid waste disposal, and explore elements and effectiveness of different policy frameworks for environmental protection regimes. We will examine the roles of environmental NGOs in US and international debates over standards and enforcement. We will review case studies of regional cooperation among groups of states and nations. We will study the international climate regime, identifying the primary scientific sources of climate change data, and how they set the parameters for international climate policy, and discuss the future prospects of the Paris climate accord following the 2016 US elections.
This course explores contemporary relations between the United States and the world. The primary goal is to give students conceptual and critical tools to understand and analyze how international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy decisions, and current events fit together. It is designed to develop students’ capacity both to explain the foreign policy-making process in the United States, and to better understand the underlying patterns, logic, and implications of American foreign policy in the world at large. The course is divided into three main topics. First, students will discuss the theory that grounds U.S. foreign policy, focusing on U.S. power in the world. The second part of the class will examine the public policy institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation. Finally, the last third of the course will review some of the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century, including a focus on geographic regions. We will discuss how the recent global economic crises may influence foreign policy, and how terrorism and democracy promotion continue to shape U.S. foreign policy.
The goal of the class is to provide students with a hands on opportunity to apply core skillsets from the MPPA program, particularly as they relate to an organization facing global, social and economic policy challenges. Students will work for a client organization on a commissioned project supervised by an MPPA faculty member. The goal of the client project is to analyze a specific challenge facing the organization, then develop a set of policy recommendations for the client. Students will work in teams to produce final deliverables. The project will culminate in a live client briefing and a written report (so one site visit by a student team representative may be required). Students should expect to spend 20 hours per week on the course.
Demography is the formal study of population size/structure and factors associated with its change (i.e., fertility, migration, and mortality). Developing a theoretical and technical understanding of demographic tools can provide a better understanding of population dynamics and how this influences national and global health, as well as regional and national policy. This course provides such a framework by drawing upon seminal readings from demography, economics, public health, and sociology. We will examine issues relating to global aging, old-age dependency ratios, and social policy with respect to Italy, Japan, and the U.S. We will explore fertility and family planning polices with respect to Finland and Sweden. We will also discuss fertility by focusing on China and India. The course will also introduce health policy concepts relating to health care systems/access/disparities with respect to the U.S. and developing countries.
Counts toward the Public Policy, Global Policy, and Global Health specializations.
Job Description Example:
Key Internal Interfaces: Communications and Information Support Unit, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) Global Policy and Partnerships Team
Key External Interfaces: U.S. government interagency, UN agencies, and other donors
The organization is seeking a Global Policy Specialist to provide information support to USAID/FFP’s Global Policy and Partnerships Team. The Global Policy Specialist will produce information products—including fact sheets, briefing memos, strategy papers, talking points, and other documents—that advance USAID/FFP’s policy objectives with the UN and donor community.
The Global Policy Specialist will draft and edit public and internal information products in coordination with USAID/FFP’s Global Policy and Partnerships Team and support the team’s engagement with international actors, including UN agencies and government representatives. The specialist must demonstrate close attention to detail, emotional intelligence, professionalism, and integrity in high-pressure work environments.
Duties include but not limited to:
- Draft and disseminate fact sheets, talking points, memos, PowerPoint presentations, briefing materials, and other correspondence
- Support USAID/FFP Global Policy and Partnerships Team to develop messaging around policy priorities
- Collaborate closely with information counterparts from other USG agencies, the UN, and other donor organizations
- Gather information for and participate in meetings
- Other duties as assigned
Education/Experience: Master’s degree in international relations or a related field and 2-4 years professional experience, including internships.
Skills: Must have excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, as well as exceptional attention to detail. Must be flexible and able to work under tight deadlines in an extremely fast-paced and collaborative environment. Must demonstrate familiarity with the UN system (familiarity with the UN World Food Program preferred) and international humanitarian policies and principles. Experience with the U.S. government a plus.
U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance.
IMPORTANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
To be considered for this position, you MUST submit the following documents:
1. A resume
2. A cover letter
3. A writing sample
The writing sample must be an original briefing memorandum of 350 words or less for senior U.S. government officials describing the situation and humanitarian response efforts for a food security crisis outside of the United States. Please include a word count at the conclusion of the memo. Please include each document as a separate attachment to preserve formatting (PDF is preferred). Please do not submit any documents other than those requested, if you do your application will be considered incomplete and therefore not considered.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.
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