Spotlight: Carnegie Mellon University
Originally founded in 1968 as The School of Urban and Public Affairs, Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College’s animating vision was to bring a systems analytic approach, inspired by engineering and the mathematical social sciences, to the study of important questions of public interest. Over the past fifty years, Heinz College has evolved into an institution that offers master’s programs in a variety of fields focused on the intersection of policy, management and technology.
In the years since Heinz’s founding, it has broken the traditional boundaries in the domain of the public interest to deeply explore the impact of information technology on organizations, markets and societies. As an institution, Heinz has persistently explored ways in which its educational programs can be more relevant and effective in their curriculum, in their delivery models, and in their degree of connection to external partners. Students experience courses grounded in theory, but focused on real-world application.
Unlike many graduate schools, Heinz is not organized along academic departments. Faculty from our two schools -- the School of Public Policy and Management and the School of Information Systems and Management -- collaborate on instruction and research, an operating model that leads to innovation in research and a superior educational experience. Heinz’s strengths span the applied disciplines of empirical methods and statistics, economics, information systems and technology, operations research and organizational behavior.
Heinz College faculty focus their research efforts on a vast array of issues. They have established worldwide reputations for excellence in areas such as the study of crime and criminal justice, urban policy, health care policy and management, arts management, information security policy, and information systems management.
The School of Public Policy & Management at Heinz College is rated as one of the world's top public affairs graduate schools. Heinz’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program includes a set of required core classes that build important skills in analytical thinking, management and policy, as well as a wide array of electives that allow students to focus their studies on areas of interest to them. Built on the four pillars of public policy and management frameworks, analytic frameworks and methods, information technology, and communications, students are able to pursue careers in the public, non-profit and private sectors both in the US and around the world.
The MSPPM program, and its world-renowned faculty, focuses their research on a variety of important social issues. Urban Systems, Crime, Health, Information Privacy and Security, the Environment, and other social and technology issues are all explored in order to prepare the next generation of social leaders.
The Advantage of Analytics
The emphasis on data analytics in every policy arena clearly distinguishes Heinz College’s program from other public policy institutions, as it uses big data in the context of public policy and management with multiple criteria and multiple stakeholders in a political/democratic system. Heinz College’s focus on data analytics encompasses all phases of problem-solving, from initiation and problem definition to data collection, processing, modeling, and analysis to decision modeling and decision making and through to implementation and evaluation.
Heinz College continually stays a step ahead of changes in public affairs, technology, and management education. Heinz’s interdisciplinary approach fosters exceptional programs in emerging issues in the public interest, as well as in well-established managerial and policy areas. The policy programs focus on critical niche areas, such as the arts, entertainment, the public sector, and healthcare—those that are concerned about the public good.
Heinz College offers a dynamic environment that includes a challenging, skills-based curriculum as well as a diverse student population. Policy analysis, management, research methods, economics, information systems, and specific policy topics are all prominently featured in the curriculum.
A Global Campus
The MSPPM Program is offered in three locations: Pittsburgh, PA, Washington D.C. and Adelaide, Australia.
The differences in the three tracks result from the context in which the education is offered, while the core curriculum structure and pedagogical pillars apply across locations.
Washington DC provides a rich opportunity for students interested in US federal government to “dig deeper” into the workings of government and to learn from policymakers and professionals who provide both the theory and the practice of policymaking. All students in the DC program are required to take up a two semester long apprenticeship at an organization in DC. The apprenticeship provides students the opportunity to participate in policymaking and managerial activities in public, private, and non-profit organizations.
Adelaide provides a platform for students to undertake the same rigorous analytical education as students in Pittsburgh or DC, but in an international context. The program, unlike others offered in that region, brings a quantitative and analytical focus to the study of public policy and provides a perspective on the theory and application of policy across governments and countries. The Adelaide campus was founded with the goal of having an impact on rising public leaders in the Asia Pacific region. Over time, our student body has expanded to include students from Africa, the Middle East and South America. The Adelaide track provides a broad international perspective with a focus on applying skills in multiple and varied government structures.
Heinz College Alumni not only find themselves on successful paths in their chosen careers, they more often not become the leaders and top social scientists in their fields. Heinz Alumni have experienced great success in government and the public sector. David Radzanowski serves as Chief of Staff at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Jairam Ramesh was appointed as India’s Minister of Rural Development in 2011. Natalia Rudiak, is a City Councilwoman in Pittsburgh, PA. Miriam A. Fox is Executive Director of the Committee on Appropriations (D) in the PA House of Representatives. Carmen Yulin was recently elected as the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In the private sector, Keith Block was recently appointed President and Vice Chairman of Salesforce.com, the world’s number one customer relationship management platform. Andrew Butcher is CEO and co-founder of GTECH Strategies. Anne Lewis is Board Chair and Co-Owner of Oxford Development Company.Miles Reidy, CFO and Investor at Audax Health. South Carolina State University recently appointed Thomas Elzey as president.
These are just a handful of the successful and distinguished alumni Heinz College is proud to call their own.
Daniel B. Neill
Daniel B. Neill is Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Heinz College, where he directs the Event and Pattern Detection Laboratory and the Joint Ph.D. Program in Machine Learning and Policy. Prof. Neill was a recipient of the Winston Churchill Scholarship and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his work on "Machine Learning and Event Detection for the Public Good." This research project focuses on novel methods for detection of emerging events in massive, complex real-world datasets.
Amelia M. Haviland
Ameila M. Haviland is Associate Professor of Statistics and Health Policy at the Heinz College. Prof. Haviland is the recipient of the Anna Loomis McCandless Chair, a Thomas Lord Distinguished Scholar Award (Institute for Civil Justice, RAND), a MacArthur Fellowship for Younger Scholars (MacArthur Research Network on Social Interactions and Economic Inequality), and a Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship (Section on Government Statistics, American Statistical Association). Dr. Haviland’s research focuses on policy issues in health and criminology.
Jonathan P. Caulkins
Jonathan P. Caulkins holds the H. Guyford Stever Professorship of Operations Research and Public Policy at the Heinz College. Dr. Caulkins is a 2010 INFORMS Fellow and the recipient of INFORMS President’s Award. Dr. Caulkins is also the co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know. His primary research interest is in the field of drugs, crime, violence, delinquency, and prevention.
Jendayi E. Frazer
Jendayi E. Frazer is Distinguished Public Service Professor at the Heinz College and director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation. She also is an adjunct senior fellow for Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Frazer served as special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from January 2001 until her swearing-in as the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in 2004. She was appointed U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in 2005 and served in that role until joining CMU’s Heinz College as faculty in 2009.
Daniel S. Nagin
Daniel S. Nagin is Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics. Dr. Nagin is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, American Society for the Advancement of Science, and American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has also been awarded the 2014 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his work in helping to reshape the use of prison and community corrections based on evidence of what works — and what doesn't. His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data.
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