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Public policy is being created every day to deal with issues ranging from health care and energy to education and transportation. Learn more about public policy with online courses delivered through edX.

What is public policy?

Public policy refers to the laws and regulations created by governmental bodies to address problems facing their constituents. The issues can be economic, social, or political in nature and exist on a local, national, and international level. The study of public policy examines the processes for creating new laws and regulations, and explores how policies change over time due to factors such as technology advancement, cultural trends, and more. Professionals in the field can work in government or private sectors for employers that serve the public, such as school districts and energy corporations. Public policy course programs can cover different disciplines within the social sciences, including political science, sociology, globalization, economics, and law.

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To understand disciplines that are related to public policy, learners have the option of pursuing online coursework in various fields, including but not limited to foreign policy, global public health, and natural resources. From foundational tutorials to advanced courses, a variety of educational opportunities are available that can fit different learners’ needs. Courses can cover everything from how to use data in making policy to the alternative sources of energy. edX makes it easy to explore all available programs, courses, and certificate options.

Careers in public policy

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