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Below is a description of the curriculum you can expect in the Certificate Program, which comprise both academic and experiental learning.


Academic Courses

Academic courses cover, but are not limited to, public policy and administration, public finance and economics, management, and leadership with particular attention paid to state and local governments as well as local branches of federal agencies in the United States. Program participants take a total of four academic classes: two classes per semester for two semesters. Each semester one academic class is required and the participants may select one elective class. All academic courses are customized to meet the needs and interests of current program participants and are independent of current Martin School courses. A faculty academic advisor will be assigned to each participant and will take responsibility for helping the participants develop a customized academic plan in disciplines relevant to the participants’ field of interest.


Required Academic Courses Elective Courses

Required academic courses involve discussion between other program participants as well as faculty and staff of the Martin School.

Topics include contemporary public policy and management issues and key elements of local government management.

Elective academic courses cover the following six topics:

  • Financing Governments, Public Sector, & Non-Profits
  • Assessment of State Policy & Entrepreneurial Projects
  • Intergovernmental Relations: Coordinating Federal, State and Local Public Assistace Programs
  • Economics of Public Policy: Principles and Practices of Economic Resource Management in the Governmental Sector
  • Fiscal Policy in Urban and Regional Contexts
  • Fiscal Policy and Local Economic Development


English Classes

The English language training program consists of two semester of intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. These classes are developed by the University of Kentucky Center for ESL and include reading, writing, and speaking components. These classes are also customized for our program’s international professionals. The emphasis of these courses is to build upon participants’ existing English language capabilities and to help participants complete academic courses and internships. They involve writing essays, professional memos, and reports and each participant completes an individual presentation to the group at the end of the second semester.


Field Trips

Several times each semester, participants will go on professional field trips to state and local government offices to experience first-hand current issues in public policy and management. Agencies that we have visited in the past include the Lexington-Fayette Urban County government, the Kentucky State government, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky World Trade Center, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Louisville Metro Government. We attempt to customize professional field trips to meet the interests of current program participants We also provide opportunities for field trips to governments and agencies outside of the state of Kentucky, such as Chicago, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, GA. Additional costs apply for these extended field trips.


Special Lectures

Our curriculum also features special lectures designed to promote further professional development for program participants. Examples of past special lectures are outlined below, but these lectures are customized each semester to meet the interests of our current program participants.



Guest Lecturer

Introduction to Kentucky & Lexington: State and Local Attractions

Ms. Julie Schickel
Lexington Visitor's Bureau

Financial Crisis and Economic Development Strategy in Kentucky State Government

Ms. Andrea Burton, Trade Specialist
Kentucky State Government

Interrelation between Local Public Enterprise and Local Government

Mr. Rama Dhuwaraha, Chief Information Officer
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Urban Development Policy and Growth

Mr. Anthony Wright, Director of Economic Development
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

International Business Management

Mr. Dave Adkisson, CEO
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development Strategy in a Recessionary Period - US and Global Cases

Mr. David Adkins, CEO
Kentucky Council of State Governments

Mass Transit System in Louisville Metro Area

Mr. J. Barry Barker, Executive Director
Louisville Metro Government

Business Administration and State Government

Mr. Edwinn Webb, CEO
Ms. Ying Juan Rogers, Vice President
Kentucky World Trade Center

Economic Investment Trends

Mr. Robert Brown, International Lawyer
Kentucky International Convention Center



IPPMI has an internship program for participating government officials to work as a professional staff member or assistant to a public professional at their placement organization. The internship is completed during the second semester of the program, after intensive ESL training during the first semester.

Target placement organizations include Kentucky State Government, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and other local public organizations. If they desire, our participants may also join nationally competitive internship programs in Washington, D.C., Chicago, or Atlanta depending on their efforts in completing an application and on their career experience.

IPPMI will assist participants in locating and arranging an internship placement. However, program participants are ultimately responsible for initiating contact with target placement organizations and securing a suitable internship.