The Heller School at Brandeis University named top-10 school for social policy

U.S. News and World Report recognizes Heller as 9th for social policy, 12th for health policy and management

March 17, 2020

US News and World Report Best Grad Schools Public Affairs 2021 Badge

The U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings for graduate schools of public affairs continues to list the Heller School for Social Policy and Management in the top 10 for social policy, ranking ninth this year.   

The Heller School continues to be ranked in the top 20 percent of graduate schools in the overall public affairs category and is among the top three graduate schools in New England for public affairs. 

Heller rose to number 12 for health policy and management, and also improved in the public policy analysis specialty, where it now ranks 25.

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors and department chairs at 276 graduate schools of public affairs. Dean David Weil says, “I’m proud that the Heller School continues to be recognized by our peer institutions for excellence in social policy and health policy. We’re committed to our mission, ‘knowledge advancing social justice,’ as we educate the next generation of social policy practitioners to address increasing social inequities.”  

A nationally-recognized research and educational institution shaped by its social justice roots at Brandeis University, Heller was founded in 1959 and is celebrating is 60th anniversary during the 2019-2020 academic year. Since its founding, the school has expanded from a single doctoral program in social policy to include six master’s degrees that span U.S. and global policy as well as management. The institution also boasts 11 research institutes, centers and collaboratives known for their applied interdisciplinary research and active public engagement.

Michael Doonan, director of the Master of Public Policy program and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, says, “Heller’s long-standing dedication to creating social change through social policy is more important than ever today. We’re dedicated to tackling critical issues such as income inequality, global healthcare access and child opportunity through rigorous research and a robust graduate education.”

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