The Pardee RAND Graduate School is unique in American higher education. It is the largest public policy analysis Ph.D. program in the nation and the only program based at an independent public policy research organization—the RAND Corporation. Faculty are largely drawn from the RAND Corporation and offer exceptional training and access to some of the world's leading policy practitioners.
All PRGS students receive fellowships to cover their education costs and engage in research projects that provide on-the-job training. Along the way, PRGS students receive an M.Phil. in public policy analysis—equivalent to a master's degree in public policy (MPP). Graduates leave with a Ph.D. in policy analysis and essentially two years of full-time work experience.
PRGS students want to make a difference in the world by helping to shape and lead public policy. Our graduates go on to jobs in government, in the private sector, at universities and other research organizations, and in the non-profit sector. One hundred percent of the 2009-2012 graduates found a job in the field of their choice.
AEI president and Pardee RAND alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) believes that conservatives need a social justice agenda of their own. In one recent commentary he argues, "The fact that many Americans continue to suffer years after the technical end of the Great Recession should offend any sense of plain justice." Columnists in the New York Times and Washington Post each discussed his call for a social justice agenda.
"Are we smarter than the dinosaurs?" asked Pardee RAND professor Bill Welser, director of RAND's Engineering and Applied Sciences Department, as he began his presentation at the 2013 TEDx Manhattan Beach conference in November. If the dinosaurs had the "tools and technologies we have today, [they] would have fared better, right?" Welser is not so sure.
Pardee RAND student Youngbok Ryu (cohort '11) was recently named a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at The National Academies. The fellowship program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.
To prioritize the goals, actions, and initiatives in the Department of Defense Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, 2012–2017, Pardee RAND student Abigail Haddad (cohort '09), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Nelson Lim developed a "Framework for Change Through Accountability."
Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12), alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06) and colleagues in RAND Europe suggest that the EU needs to invest in citizens, prepare for a new growth paradigm, and reinvent government to ensure that Europe is resilient in the face of global societal trends in the next two decades.
Pardee RAND students Jodi Liu and Deborah Lai (cohorts '12 and '08) and professor Jeanne Ringel, and alum/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) offer a series of proposals that would substitute lower-cost treatments for higher cost interventions and that promote greater patient safety could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year.
Launched in December 2013 with a generous grant from Frederick S. Pardee, the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress is a new approach to chronic problems faced by the developing world, most notably food insecurity and challenges of urbanization.
Perhaps the most common New Year's resolution is improving our eating habits. According to Dr. Deborah Cohen, who hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday, that's much easier said than done.
One hundred engineering colleges around India will rely heavily on virtual instruction under a new program. Rafiq Doussani raises some issues surrounding online education that could help get the most from the investment.
Although the obesity epidemic has generated a lot of attention and calls for solutions, it also has served up its share of myths and misunderstandings. Pardee RAND faculty Deb Cohen illustrates some important policy implications.
A 2012 RAND report advised the U.S. Forest Service to transition to scooper aircraft; in this commentary, he evaluates the changes that have happened since the recommendation.
A new report advocates that by shifting the strategic focus beyond growth and jobs, the successor of the current Europe 2020 Strategy should aim to invest in human capital and avoid sluggish productivity growth achieved at the expense of social inclusion, public health, education and skills, security or freedom.
Faculty member David Auerbach examines the reignited concerns about physician shortages resulting from coverage expansions under the ACA, and finds the models do not necessarily imply that intervening to boost physician supply would be worth the investment.
Convenient options for treating minor health problems are an important new feature of the health care landscape. Pardee RAND professor Ateev Mehrotra discusses these options and their implications for the medical marketplace.
Pardee RAND Faculty Anita Chandra and Tamara Dubowitz salute Pittsburgh's new mayor and his mission to make Pittsburgh healthier. They advocate using scientific and medical evidence to shape an integrated, citywide, health-policy framework.