• to provide an interdisciplinary training program that integrates theory and concepts with application and practice;

• to learn how to infuse evidence in policy development processes through post graduate training in research transfer and dissemination strategies;

• to further students’ understanding of public policy through an understanding of diffuse decision-making environments which affect the use of research in making decisions;

• to understand knowledge requirements of decision-makers and the role of specialized environments in knowledge uptake; and

• to build a curriculum centered on cross-cutting themes of ethics and values; evidence and critical assessment; contextual factors and decision environments; and critical appraisal of evidence.