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Public Policy Courses

Take free online public policy courses to build your skills and advance your career. Learn public policy and other in-demand subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

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What is Public Policy?

Public policy refers to the laws and regulations created by governmental bodies to address issues of the public good. The issues can be economic, social and political in nature and exist on a local, national or international level. The study of public policy looks at all components of the process as well as how policies change over time with the impact of technology, societal changes and more. Public policy course programs include many related social science disciplines including political science, sociology, globalization, economics and law.

Online Courses in Public Policy

Get an introduction to public policy with online courses from top universities and institutions. EdX offers courses on various topics including humanitarian issues, urban life, public education, resource management and much more.

In Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster from Harvard University, learn about the principles that guide public policy around disaster response as well as the complex issues and challenges posed by events like a refugee crisis or major outbreak of disease.

In Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities, a self-paced online course from ETH Zürich, many issues of urban life are brought to light as students look at the planning and development of cities that can support the needs of the future. The course is part of a series on cities which focuses on many urban issues that are addressed through public policy such as energy, climate, ecology and mobility.

Explore these courses and many more on social science topics. Many courses are self-paced so you can register and start learning today.