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#2022APPAM Spotlight: Cornell University, Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy


The #2022APPAM Fall Research Conference will feature some fantastic sponsors from across the policy research spectrum. Today we're shining a spotlight on Cornell University, Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy.


What types of programs does your school offer?

Our programs include a PhD in Public Policy, a Master of Public Administration and an Executive Master of Public Administration, a Master of Health Administration and an Executive Master of Health Administration, undergraduate degrees in Policy Analysis and Management and Health Care Policy. We also offer experiential programs - Cornell in Washington and Capital Semester.

What would you list as your school's greatest accomplishments in the last 5-10 years?

The Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy was launched on Sept. 15, 2021 and has recently celebrated its first anniversary after a year of accomplishment and growth. We held our first graduation ceremony, welcomed our first class of students who will be members of the Brooks School during the entirety of their time at Cornell, recruited new faculty and staff, fostered meaningful public engagement by Brooks scholars and students locally and globally, and produced research that will improve the lives of people worldwide by informing policy solutions.

Why should potential students choose your school or program?

The Jeb E. Brooks School offers students the opportunity to be part of a small, welcoming community while enjoying access to the people and resources of a world-renowned Ivy League institution. We are training the next generation of scholars and professionals to address pressing national and international public policy issues. You will graduate with the skills to shape and evaluate policy in a range of settings, from faculty positions in academic institutions to leadership roles in the public and private sectors. You will be part of a young, vibrant school intentionally created to address the problems confronting society now and those that will emerge in the years to come.

If you are hiring, what makes your school a great place to work?

The Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy is tackling complex U.S. and global societal challenges. We develop practical solutions that policymakers and other decisionmakers can use to improve the health and prosperity of our population. We are doing this in ways that resonate with Cornell’s unique strengths as an institution to quickly position the Brooks School as a leading school of public policy in the U.S. In service to these goals, we seek to hire several world-class public policy research scholars oriented toward policy engagement and impact.

What is your undergraduate/graduate divide?

We have 300 undergraduates and 450 masters and doctoral students.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Visits to our website and to campus are a great way to start. This guidance from the Cornell Admissions Office sums it up: Access and affordability are extremely important to us, as are diversity and inclusion. Our admission process is highly individualized, and we spend lots of time evaluating whether you’ll be a good fit for the culture and philosophy of our university. The result is an incredibly rich mix of students, which is one of the best things about Cornell.

Is there any other information you'd like to include in your Spotlight?

Inaugural Dean Colleen L. Barry's words at our first anniversary celebration describe the focus of our school: “The willingness to be measured by one’s impact on the world should be at the core of any leading school of public policy, including our own."

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