The ASU School of Public Affairs offers a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) Concentration in Policy Informatics. This concentration provides knowledge and skills for students seeking careers that will use informatics tools, models, and simulations to help individuals and groups deliberate and evaluate policy decisions as well as explore new governance infrastructures. This concentration emphasizes theories and research concerning decision making, complexity theory, and visualization of quantitative and qualitative information, collective intelligence, behavioral economics, and persuasive technologies.

This concentration in Policy Informatics combines mastery of advanced methods for processing infomration with domain expertise that will help humans understand complex social phenomena and achieve goals within public and governance applications. The program's design responds to the need for professionals with domain knowledge that can take a problem-driven, system-level, user-oriented perspective in developing and applying informatics systems to address societal and governance needs.

Program of Study

Students will be required to take 33 hours of the required core courses for the MPP degree and 9 hours of the required concentration courses.

As part of the required MPP classes, students will complete a 3-semester hour (PAF 509 or PAF 579) Capstone course that will be an integrative, client-based applied project course with a Policy Informatics focus. Students will take the Capstone course in their final semester after completing all other required MPP core courses. For the 9 hours of required concentration courses, students must take PAF 591 Introduction to Policy Informatics, PAF 591 e-Public Administration and PAF 591: Complexity in Public Policy & Management.  

Core Courses

 Credit hours

PAF 501 Public Service Research I
PAF 502 Public Service Research II
PAF 503 Public Affairs
PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis
PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis
PAF 541 Program Evaluation
PAF 570 Urban Economics & Public Finance
PAF 571 GIS & Analysis
PAF 573 Advanced Regression
PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics & Leading Public Change
PAF 509 Public Service OR PAF 579 Public Policy Capstone

Total Core Courses  33

Concentration Courses

PAF 591 Introduction to Policy Informatics
PAF 591 e-Public Administration
PAF 591 Complexity in Public Policy & Management

Total Concentration Courses  9

Total MPP - Policy Informatics Courses  42 

Primary Faculty

R.F. "Rick" Shangraw, Jr., PhD - CEO and President, ASU Foundation; Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability; Teaching Faculty, School of Sustainability; Professor of Practice, School of Public Affairs

Erik Johnston, PhD - Associate Professor, School of Pubic Affairs; Faculty Affiliate, Decision Theater; Director and Founding Faculty Member, Center for Policy Informatics

Yushim Kim, PhD - Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs; Founding Faculty Member, Center for Policy Informatics

Spiro Maroulis, PhD - Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs; Associate Director, Decision Theater

Megan Jehn, PhD - Assistant Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Randy Booze - Faculty Associate, School of Public Affairs

Marco Janssen, PhD - Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change; Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity

Ajay Vinze, PhD - Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Information Systems, W.P. Carey School of Business