WHAT IS PUBLIC POLICY?
The Definition of Public Policy
Public policy is the action taken by government to address a particular public issue. Local, state, federal, and international government organizations all craft and implement public policy to protect and benefit their populations.
Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies Masters of Arts in Public Policy degree prepare students for involvement in the critical decision-making required in the development of public policy in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.
Social Policy Studies
The mastery of public policy requires the concerted study of the disciplines of politics, economics and sociology. Social policy studies, a branch of public policy studies, also merges multiple disciplines with an application to social issues such as crime and justice, education, health care, and labor. Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies' social policy curriculum examine key dimensions of major current policies, including welfare, employment, child welfare, public housing, and social services.
Other areas of specialization include: