Public Policy (DPP) and Allied Health Sciences (AHS)

Our students go on to pursue careers in areas including but not limited to health and human services, social and behavioral sciences, and medical and clinical sciences!

Two Opportunities

UConn Undergraduates: DPP Fast-Track

  • Take graduate level Public Policy coursework at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition while an undergraduate
    • Save time and money!


  • Apply your DPP grad credits towards a masters degree in:
    • Public Administration (MPA)
    • Public Policy (MPP)
    • Survey Research (MASR)


  • MPA and MPP: Complete up to one year of a two year degree
    • Coursework offered in Hartford and Storrs


  • MASR: Complete up to 12 credits towards a 30 credit degree
    • Coursework offered entirely online

Graduate Students: Masters Programs

  • Our students and alums combine degree skillsets and personal interests to policies and programs that make a difference


  • Public Administration (MPA): a focus on leadership, management and advancing the common good through the implementation of policies and programs


  • Public Policy (MPP): a focus on the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to design, analyze and evaluate the success of policies and programs


  • Survey Research (MASR): a focus on the innovative skillsets and instruments utilized to create and manage programmatic and policy data for analysis

Quick Facts

How do our students explore the healthcare field?

Survey Research

  • Surveys in relation to health can be utilized by medical practitioners and researchers to understand patient and practitioner behavior, better understand patient/user issues and identify emerging trends.
  • Medical researchers utilize surveys for:
    • Health risk assessments
    • Gaps-in-care
    • Medication adherence
    • Remote health monitoring check-ins
    • Post-discharge check-ins
    • Patient intake
    • Pain Scales
    • Evaluating: healthcare services, processes of care, outcomes and client/patient satisfaction
  • Surveys are utilized in Pharma/Healthcare market research to:
    • Create business plans
    • Launch new products and services
    • Optimize opportunities for products
    • Expand into markets
    • Develop and refine markets
    • Create advertising and communication plans

Public Administration

  • MPA students go on to lead and manage the people, finances and information to support public health programs and initiatives.
  • They help to
    • Educate the public
    • Execute outreach programs
    • Write grants and raise funds
    • Balance budgets and allocate funds

Public Policy

  • MPP students go on to design, analyze and evaluate policies and programs.
    • They help to
      • Assess community health issues
      • Find solutions to chronic problems within communities
      • Develop requirements and mandates to protect citizens
      • Evaluate barriers to health and recommend policy alternatives

How can I tailor my degree to meet my interests?

Survey Research students can pursue a general track of coursework to complete their 30 credit degree online. Or they can utilize select Communication coursework towards a track in Media and Communication Campaigns. Through Communication coursework in research methods, communication campaigns, crisis risk and social media students learn to identify the variables that can strengthen social media campaigns and develop the online presence of brands.


Public Administration (MPA) and Public Policy (MPP) students are traditionally in-person for the majority, if not all, of their 43 credits of coursework. They are able to tailor their degree through their electives. MPA students have 9 credits, and MPP students have 12 credits of electives. Students have the opportunity to create focus areas that display a specific concentration of interest. Areas of interest for current and recent students include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Business Analytics
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Law
  • *Leadership and Public Management (MPP students only)
  • *Nonprofit Management
  • *Public Financial Management
  • Public Health
  • *Public Policy (MPA students only)
  • *Public Policy, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • *Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • *State and Local Government Management
  • *Survey Research
  • *Urban Planning
  • Create Your Own!

*Internal DPP focus areas. Visit our MPA and MPP specific focus area pages for more information!

How do I save time and money?

Survey Research

Through the fast-track program students can 12-credits towards their 30-credit masters degree while an undergraduate at no additional cost to their undergraduate tuition. After graduation they can complete their master's degree for less than $15,000. Their remaining 18-credits of coursework can be completed within a year.

Students who do not pursue the fast-track option can complete their degree for less than $25,000 for their 30-credit degree.

Both undergraduate Fast-Track students and full-time graduate students have an internship requirement.

Our program differs from the traditional fee schedule on the Bursar's website. Students pay $825 per credit while they are a graduate student, but they do not pay extra to take graduate courses while an undergraduate. This $825 cost remains the same no matter where you live, so students can pursue a job in Los Angeles or London and pay the same rate. This cost includes tuition and fees. Many of our students work while completing their degree, and a number of students receive tuition reimbursement from their employer.

Public Administration and Public Policy

Fast-Track students can complete 18-credits towards their masters degree while an undergraduate at no-additional cost to their undergraduate tuition. This allows them to enter graduate school as a second year student who is eligible for the Internship and Professional Practice program. Full-time graduate students can receive funding in their first and second year of study.

First-Year Students (Students should apply by February 15th and Select “Yes” for “Are you applying for a GA/Fellowship” in the survey section of the application.)

  • Graduate Assistantship (GA): Awarded based on academic merit to full-time students. Carries a full-tuition tuition waiver, stipend, and medical benefits in exchange for 10 hours a week work commitment. A limited amount of GA’s are available each year in either a research or teaching capacity.
  • Sponsored Internship (SI): For students not awarded a GA. Offered on a limited basis in the nonprofit or public sector, SI’s receive a stipend.
  • Student Work: Depending on needs and funding, this hourly based position offers an opportunity for students to support Departmental program activities.
  • Federal Work-Study: Supporting students with Federal Work-Study money as part of their financial aid package, these students support program activities. If a student wishes to utilize their federal Work-Study they should contact the Administrative Program Director.

Second-Year Students  (Fast-Track students need to apply by February 15th their senior year to be IPP eligible.)

  • Internship and Professional Practice (IPP): For full-time students who have completed 18 credits of MPA or MPP coursework, including 9 credits of core coursework. Students must participate in Mock Interview Night and Resume Workshop. Students carry a tuition scholarship, stipend, and medical benefits in exchange for 15 hours a week at either a public or nonprofit organization.

What do DPP Alumni do?

Our alumni go on to careers in areas including but not limited to education, finance, government, healthcare, marketing and policy. 97% of Department of Public Policy alums are employed within six months of graduation in their desired field or pursuing further education in law, medicine or a PhD program. Roughly 40% of our students each year find employment outside of Connecticut.

Current Alumni Employers Include:

  • Anthem, Inc.
  • CT Office of Policy and Management
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Foodshare
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Mount Sinai Health Systems
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

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