The Public Policy Analysis Programme (formerly known as Public Choice) was patterned on leading Public Policy programmes in the US. The programme teaches students to use economic tools, theory and analysis to engage in policy design and policy evaluation. Reflecting our close cooperation with the Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health, a significant focus of the programme is on healthcare systems, healthcare policies and outcomes. Another focus of the programme is on Nordic institutions and solutions. This focus gives students a unique perspective on public policy. The programme also cooperates closely with Economics at Tampere University. Entrance to the programme does not require a background in economics, basics are taught in the programme.
The curriculum covers key issues in Public Policy:
To engage in policy design or policy analysis, students need (programme courses in bold):
- Analytical tools from economics (microeconomics, welfare economics, public economics, econometric analysis, cost-benefit-risk analysis) for evaluating public policies in terms of their absolute and comparative efficacy in meeting social objectives;
- Research tools (mathematics, statistics, econometrics) to help identify, collect and test appropriate data to understand the effects of policies and programs;
- The program also recognizes that, while, ideally, policy is designed to incentivize or deter certain behavior, the actors involved may react in ways different from those anticipated. Therefore the study of policy analysis must also include behavioral/experimental economics.
- Understanding both advantages of and barriers to social and political cooperation is essential in predicting needs for and success of policies (theory of collective action, game theory, politics).
GENERAL STUDIES 10
GSO1 Study Skills and Personal Study Planning 2 ects
KKENMP3 – Scientific Writing 5 ECTS
Language studies 3 ects
STUDIES ON GLOBAL SOCIETY, 20 ECTS
Studies from the Global Society framework 10 ECTS
Students will choose 10 ECTS from the selection of Global Society courses
COSOPOM3 Qualitative Research Methods and Comparative Design 5 ECTS
PUBCH04 Statistical Analysis for Social Science 5 ECTS
|ELECTIVE STUDIES 5 ECTS
e.g. PUBCH13 Optional Internship