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About Us

SPPPolicy is all about the way we make decisions in both private and public contexts.  Faculty and students in the School of Public Policy are interested in a wide variety of contexts and choices and are particularly interested in advancing the social and policy related dimensions of the three areas of distinction identified by Oregon State University:

  • Advancing the Science of Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Improving Health and Wellness
  • Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress

You will find engaged faculty who are innovative teachers, challenging scholars, and willing to work one-on-one with you as you build your future.  You will find students who challenge the way you think about the world, your education, and yourself. 

Classes are interactive and options are many – both on campus and online – to bring together both the study and practice of your interest in the social world. 

Faculty expertise ranges across all three areas of distinction at OSU from the economics of wine and beer to the political implications of the rise of China; from the economics, politics, and institutionalization of adaption to climate change to the causes and consequences of food insecurity; from the sources of crime and deviance to the legal, social, and economic implications of infidelity in sport marriages.