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Welcome to the EITM Summer Institute

EITM Summer Institute classes are held in the first two weeks in June (in 2019, the first week of classes will be held from Monday, June 3, through Saturday, June 8; the second week of classes will be held from Monday, June 10, to Friday, June 14) from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, with a working lunch at noon.

The two weeks are divided into one week of lectures and one week of participant practicums. 

During the first week, participants will be introduced to the EITM framework by learning about its history, the motivation, and the three steps it uses to unify formal theory with empirical analysis. The second week will be devoted to implementing the EITM framework into the specific projects that participants will bring with them so they can expand on their formal or empirical portion.

Each participant will spend 90 minutes presenting a project and discussing how to implement EITM in it (of the 90 minutes, presenting will last approximately 30 minutes and discussion 60 minutes).  All participants then review their feedback with faculty the next day. 

After class, participants spend time chatting with faculty after seminars and exploring the UH facilities and the City of Houston (several group activities are coordinated).   

Please note that the main purpose of the HSPA EITM Summer Institute is to advance participants' own research projects so little time is spent in labs or on homework (although there may be exceptions). The instructors, particularly in the second week, focus on participant presentations and one-on-one discussions.

Please check back for updates. The website will be updated periodically.

About the Hobby School of Public Affairs

Interdisciplinary expertise and community visibility constitute the foundation of the Hobby School of Public Affairs. The Hobby School of Public Affairs offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree as well as a joint MPP/MSW (Master of Social Work). The Hobby School’s research component is found within the Center for Public Policy, including programs and initiatives such as the Survey Research Institute, the Concept Visualization Lab, the EITM Summer Institute, and the Civitas Project. Public service and community engagement are also a vital component of the Hobby School as evidenced through Hobby Fellows, Leland Fellows, the Civic Houston Internship Program, the nationally-accredited Certified Public Manager program, the Civic Engagement Boot Camp, and various public events.

Led by jim Granato, the Hobby School of Public Affairs is supported by an advisory board of Houstonians prominent in business and civic affairs, and maintains cooperative relationships with many educational and public service entities in the Houston area and the state of Texas.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs is a Full Member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and Institutional Member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM). The Hobby School also maintains a Pi Alpha Alpha chapter, which is the global honors society for public affairs and administration.

About the University of Houston

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. Each year, we educate more than 39,800 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 7,800 degrees annually, with more than 200,000 alumni. Read more about the University of Houston.

About Houston

Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation. The Houston CMSA covers 8,778 square miles, an area slightly smaller than Massachusetts but larger than New Jersey. Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. Home to more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world. For more information, visit Houston's e-Government Center.

Getting Around Campus

If you are new to the University of Houston, getting around campus can be a challenge. The following resources can make finding your way around campus much easier.


Arrangements for campus housing for out- of-town students are made at Cougar Village. Housing will be shared (2 students per room) and amenities include:

  • Laundry facilities
  • Computer cluster
  • Multipurpose rooms
  • Seminar and classrooms
  • Two kitchens on every floor
  • Two study lounges per floor
  • Two large social lounges per floor
  • Close to Moody Towers Fresh Food Company
  • Wired/Wireless Internet
  • All utilities included
  • Moveable furniture
  • Fitness Room