UCF's Doctoral Program in Public Affairs is an
interdisciplinary program that draws on the strengths of
faculty members in criminal justice, health management and
informatics, public administration, and social work. The program
prepares students for academic appointments in colleges and
universities as well as research and leadership positions in
public, nonprofit and private agencies. The dynamic mix of an
interdisciplinary faculty, together with students from varied
backgrounds, creates a stimulating environment to examine many of
the contemporary social ills communities are currently
To learn more about the program's disciplinary tracks, contact
the track coordinators below.
If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,
Director, Center for Community Partnerships, UCF; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
I am especially proud to be a graduate of the program. The outstanding faculty and multidisciplinary curriculum have provided me with the unique opportunity to enjoy the kind of academic career I always envisioned.
— Joe Saviak,
Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, Flagler College; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
Our goals are to offer students a venue for exploring interdisciplinary approaches to policy issues, building various skills for the professional work environment and creating comradery among PAF students.
— Lauren O'Bryne,
Doctoral Student and Secretary, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs Student Organization
I like the interactions that I have with my professors as advisors in developing my dissertation because they are critical, yet encouraging at the same time.
— Matt Bagwell,
Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Rural Health Research Group