Public policy & society

Public policy is the language used to formalize a society’s priorities and commitments to its members. The School of Public Affairs faculty conduct research in a wide range of substantive policy areas, such as education, health, and urban policy, as well as the social impacts of policies on marginalized populations and the nature of the policy process itself in a democratic society.


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COVID-19 and Public Affairs: A Conversation with CU Denver School of Public Affairs Faculty

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Faculty OpEd

  • Opioid-OpEd

    Addressing the Opioid Crisis Amid Increasing Uncertainty

    Jan 19, 2021 by Dr. William L. Swann
    Before the arrival of COVID-19, the United States was amid one of its worst public health crises in decades: the opioid epidemic. To those experiencing, treating, and supporting someone with opioid use disorder (OUD), the deadliest pandemic since 1918 couldn’t have come at a crueler time. Dr. William Swann describes his recent research on the opioid pandemic.
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Latest news about public policy & society

  • CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosts 2019 APPAM conference in Denver

    Nov 9, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    CU Denver School of Public Affairs was a co-host for the 2019 conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from November 7 to 9. This year’s conference theme was “Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence,” and more than 20 of the school’s faculty and students are participating. Below is a list of presentations by CU Denver School of Public Affairs.
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  • CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosts 2019 IPPA Spring Policy School

    May 30, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs hosted the 2019 International Public Policy Association (IPPA) Policy School, which was held May 20 – 24, 2019. This week-long policy school provides participants with a unique and valuable opportunity to engage with scholars and doctoral students from around the world.
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