Public policy certificate to address demand

Feb 26th, 2015

Janet Harron

Public policy certificate to address demand

Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts is launching a new certificate program in public policy.

Designed for those who are interested in the study of governance and policy responses to public issues, the program will provide foundational knowledge for exploring topical issues in diverse policy fields and settings.

The area of public policy is a dynamic and growing field that is in demand across Canada. It is felt that the program will appeal to a large spectrum of learners including current students, those new to the university and those currently working in the public sector who wish to build their knowledge and skills.

Students will learn to recognize public policy problems, describe them and learn how to deal with them.

The program offers considerable flexibility with the choice of concentrating in economic or urban and regional policy. 

Program coordinator Dr. Christopher Dunn of the political science department sees the certificate as only the beginning.

“I see this as a building block of larger and more inclusive public policy projects that Memorial should be involved with,” he said. “Ultimately we should be aiming for degree and post graduate programs in public policy.” 

Those interested in the program can visit or contact Dr. Dunn at