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    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public Leadership and Public Policy concentrations. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Program Overview

Traditionally, many government policies are designed on the assumption that people behave rationally. The result? Policies that are ineffective or even backfire.

Behavioral Insights and Public Policy (Online), led by faculty chair Todd Rogers and featuring renowned scholars and practitioners, will introduce you to cutting-edge research from various social science disciplines that can help inform policy development and craft policies with more successful outcomes.

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This online program uses a unique combination of lectures, case studies, participant presentations, small-group workshops, experiential learning, and robust class discussions to deliver the curriculum. You will have the opportunity to apply your learnings immediately, through simulations, group learning, and assignments designed to support you in applying these lessons directly to your professional context.

Learning Objectives

Behavioral Insights and Public Policy will provide you with:

  • Behavioral science strategies for more effective policies
  • A deep understanding of the factors that drive individual behavior
  • Opportunities to apply your behavioral science learning to your professional context in real time
  • Cutting-edge research from behavioral economics, public policy, cognitive and social psychology, and other social sciences
  • A lasting network of peers with similar backgrounds and experience

Application Information

Live sessions will be held on alternating days over three weeks; all sessions are conducted on Zoom. View the draft program schedule. Note that session titles and sequence may change, but timing and structure will not.


“The quality of instruction and the speakers for this program were absolutely fantastic, and the opportunity to engage directly with leading researchers in this field was a privilege.”

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Todd Rogers discusses Behavioral Insights and Public Policy and why he designed this program.

Faculty & Research

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Todd Rogers

Weatherhead Professor of Public Policy

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Iris Bohnet

Co-Director, Women and Public Policy Program
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government
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Elizabeth Linos

Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management

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Cass Sunstein

Robert Walmsley University Professor, HLS

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