Learn About the Classes and Professors of the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice Program at the University of New Hampshire.

Classes and Professors
The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice is a unique, hybrid degree program that offers both in person classes on campus during 3-week summer terms and interactive online classes during the fall through spring terms. This innovative master’s program prepares graduates for management careers in the sustainable development field both internationally and domestically within nonprofit, non-governmental, and community-based organizations in addition to government agencies and private corporations.
Drawing from many disciplines, the program is structured around four main competency areas:

  1. Policy and Social Sciences including Social Enterprise
  2. Management of Organizations and Projects
  3. Natural Sciences including Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
  4. Health Sciences

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice touches upon every area affecting community development today, from sustainable agriculture to global health and social enterprise. Through this integrated approach, students gain a strong foundation in the core disciplines which prepares them to research, design, and implement a project in their chosen area of concentration.
Here’s a sampling of courses and certificates available as well as information about the professors who teach them.
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, taught by Andrew Conroy: This course reviews the historical, ecological, economic, social, and political aspects of agricultural sustainability principles and practices. Students will examine the sustainability of various agricultural systems and practices and commodity chains—vegetables, grains, meat—in a comparative global context.
A foremost authority on draft oxen with over twenty-three years of experience, Professor Conroy is passionate about using ruminant animals to feed the world, frequently visiting Africa to train the Maasai on the proper handling and yoking of draft oxen for use in agriculture. Read more about Andrew’s background here.
Yusi TurellSocial Enterprise, taught by Yusi Turell: This class will focus on case studies that give students an understanding of various approaches to social enterprise and illustrate the general strengths and weaknesses of different social enterprise business models by examining a number of social enterprises, including for-profit, nonprofit, and cooperative models.
Yusi Turell is the executive director of the Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey School of Public Policy, responsible for overseeing all Center programs and activities. Her research involves the social impact and institutionalization of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), as well as the national growth strategy of manufactured housing cooperatives as an affordable housing solution. Read more about Yusi’s background here.
Rosemary Caron
Global Health, taught by Rosemary Caron: This course includes an analysis of the public policy process, the development of public health policy in developing countries, and a discussion of specific public health policy issues with cross-country comparisons. It begins with an analytical framework for analyzing a public health system and process. This is followed by a general introduction to effective health policies in developing countries with examples of specific policies and programs that have been effective.
Rosemary Caron has more than ten years’ experience as a public health practitioner in the public and private sector. Professor Caron utilizes community-based participatory research methods to examine how a community’s ecology and partnerships can reduce public health problems. Read more about Rosemary’s background here.
Stacy VanDeveerPolicy Analysis, Policymaking and Sustainable Development, taught by Stacy VanDeveer: This course will reinforce the multidisciplinary breadth and trans-disciplinary perspective of the program, providing students with the opportunity to sharpen critical policy analysis skills. Guest speakers will be specifically selected to highlight both domestic and international and intercultural dimensions of development policy challenges.
Professor VanDeveer has taught environmental, sustainability, and resource politics for over a decade and has served in advisory roles for policy makers at the local, state, and national levels in the United States and internationally. Read more about Stacy’s background here.

Certificate Courses

In addition to core and elective classes, students have the opportunity to exchange credits to participate in certificate courses offered through the university. Currently, the Carsey School is offering two certificates: Community Development Finance and Sustainable Microenterprise and Development. These certificates offer exciting opportunities to study in New Hampshire or North Carolina.
The Certificate in Community Development Finance is designed for those interested in understanding the basics of the opportunity finance industry, which provides financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities. This course is jointly offered by the Carsey School of Public Policy and the Opportunity Finance Network. In 2015, the certificate will be offered in Durham, NC, February 24–27 and in Durham, NH, June 22–25. To learn more about the program and faculty, click here.
The Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program provides training and networking opportunities for practitioners in the field of microfinance, enterprise development, social enterprise, and community based and rural development. The program has graduated over 1,800 practitioners from over 100 countries in the last 14 years. To learn more about the program and faculty, click here.

Program Quick Facts

  • Flexible Program Format with 3-week summer terms held in person, on campus and Fall through Spring terms online
  • Capstone Project: Students apply what they learn in the classroom through a yearlong community project with full faculty support
  • Two options for study:
    • 14-month pathway: Summer Term Start + 2 Courses Fall and Spring
    • 24-month pathway: Summer, Fall, or Spring Start with only 1 course Fall and Spring
  • 13 courses (39 credits) are required to complete the master’s program:
    • 10 Required Courses including completion of Capstone Project
    • 3 Elective Courses
  • For more information visit our website or for questions, please contact Sanjeev Sharma, Admissions and Advising Specialist: sanjeev.sharma@unh.edu