Master's Programme in Public Policy Analysis

This is a Public Policy programme.

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).

Preliminary Curriculum:



GSO1 Study Skills and Personal Study Planning 2 ects

KKENMP3 – Scientific Writing 5 ECTS

Language studies 3 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




Programme Specific Research Methods

Students will choose all courses from this study unit.

PUBCH02 Game Theory, 5 ECTS

PUBCH03 Experimental Methods, 5 ECTS

PUBCH05 Spatial Regression Analysis and Spatial Econometrics, 5 ECTS


Economics and Health Care Economics

Students will choose worth 15 ECTS according to the courses available.

PUBCH09 Comparative Systems 5 ECTS

PGHAS05 Strengthening health systems and social protection 5 ECTS

PUBCH06 Healthcare: Problems and Potential, 5 ECTS

PUBCH07 Welfare and Economics, 5 ECTS/Brunel University Labour Economics

TERKAN10 Theories of Health Economics 5 ECTS


Programme Specific Studies

Students will choose worth 15 ECTS according to the courses available.

PUBCH10 Government and Society /Dictatorship and Democracy 5 ECTS

(pandemics, government v private healthcare, liikumisvara, corporate social responsibility, populism)

PUBCH08 Crime and Criminal Policy 5 ECTS

PUBCH11 Tragedy of the Commons? Problems and Solutions, 5 ECTS

PGHAS04 Health, environment and sustainable development 5 ECTS


Thesis Studies 40 ECTS

PUBCH12 Thesis seminar and Master’s Thesis, 40 ECTS




e.g. PUBCH13 Optional Internship



Information about studies and how to apply.