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Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy

The Public Policy Certificate allows students to develop their abilities as policy advocates and policy analysts by focusing attention on four areas of public policy that are of contemporary importance to Florida and to the nation:

1) Health and Aging, 2) Poverty and Inequality, 3) Risk Management and 4) Government Regulation.

Students will participate in a course of study designed to improve their understanding of policy development and policy analysis. This includes an opportunity to study with professionals in these fields and exposure to the process of policy making in a democratic society.

Admission is limited to 20 students per academic year. Admission Requirements are as follows:

  • Completed application and 1 faculty recommendation.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA for consideration into the Public Policy program.
  • Applications must be submitted before completing 2 classes on the certificate course list.

Program Requirements:

21 credit hours plus pre-requisites from the approved course lists.


  • * ISS4304 Contemporary Social Problems and Policy Solutions

Required Courses:

  • PUP3002 Introduction to Public Policy
  • ISS4014 Evidence Based Public Policy
  • 9 credit hours from one of the policy areas 1) Health and Aging, 2) Poverty and Inequality, 3) Risk Management (environmental and personal) or 4) government regulation. (See Approved Course Lists)
  • 3 credit hours of Social Science quantitative methods (See approved course list)
  • Participation in ISS4935 Public Policy Seminar

Contact Information:

Questions and submissions can be sent via email to

Questions can also be directed to 644-4418 (Office of Interdisciplinary Programs in Social Science)