Centers & Programs
Harvard Kennedy School’s 15 centers and 60 programs are the main engines of research, covering international, national and local issues of public policy and management. The centers and programs fund research, produce publications, offer fellowships, organize events and support the teaching curriculum.
PhD in Public Policy
The PhD in Public Policy prepares qualified candidates to shape the direction of public policy research and to train the next generation of teachers for programs in public policy and the social sciences. It qualifies individuals to perform high-level policy analysis and to lead in the public sector.
PhD in Political Economy & Government
The PhD in Political Economy and Government is intended for students interested in either academic or policy-making careers that require an advanced knowledge of both economics and political science. It is designed for the small number of students whose needs are not met by studies in economics, political science, or public policy taken alone.
PhD in Health Policy
The PhD in Health Policy is designed for students seeking teaching careers in institutions of higher learning and/or research careers in health policy. It is a collaborative program offered by Harvard Kennedy School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Business School.
PhD in Social Policy
The PhD programs in Social Policy award either a PhD in Government and Social Policy or a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy. This is a joint PhD program for students who wish to combine the full disciplinary depth of a doctoral degree in political science or sociology with multidisciplinary study of issues of Social Policy.