CPD Mini-Courses in Public Diplomacy

For over 16 years, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy has been the go-to program for public diplomats and international communication professionals looking to sharpen their skillsets and analytical capabilities essential for success in today’s complex environment.

Our training utilizes the latest social science research and cutting-edge communication tools in real-time public diplomacy challenges. It provides a setting for practitioners to re-examine and refine their skills in a group of peers and to build an international network of colleagues.

In 2022 we are offering our online Data-driven Public Diplomacy (online; March 22, 24, 29 and 31, 2022). We will continue to offer organizations who send 3+ participants with a multiple-participant discount. If you are a USC alum, please let us know at and also by completing that section on the application form so we can confirm with the university.

Our online workshops take a deep dive into some of the most critical issues in designing effective and sophisticated public diplomacy strategies. The intensive, fast-paced learning also allows for personalization, as participants bring real-time projects to exercise their skills and problem-solve with faculty and peer participants. All participants must be fully vaccinated and able to show proof, and masks may be required in the training space.


Data-Driven Public Diplomacy—Online

Taking place online, this program will include 9.5 content hours, which include four online sessions. Hallmarks of our trainings include group work, self-directed learning and networking opportunities. All times noted below are in Pacific Time (time zone converter here).

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 9:00am–12:15pm (PT; Zoom)
  • Thursday, March 24, 2022, 8:00am-10:15am (PT; Zoom)
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 8:00am-10:45am (PT; Zoom)
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022, 8:00am-10:15am (PT; Zoom)


Single participant: $1,200 USD

Multiple participants: (3+ from same organization): $1,050 USD

USC Alumni Discount: Alums will receive a discount and will need to inquire personally to

Application Deadline

Data-driven Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

Payment Deadline: March 14, 2022

How to Apply

The electronic application for both Mini-Courses can be found here. For more information, please email Stacy Ingber, CPD Associate Director of Programming & Operations, at  

Upon submission of your application, you will receive notification of receipt and a general timeframe of the decision process. There is a rolling admissions process, and applicants will be notified as soon as a decision is made. Once accepted, applicants will receive deadlines for submitting the non-refundable deposit, campaign submission requirements and final payment instructions.

Peek Inside

Below is a sample of what it's like to learn and collaborate in real-time with our expert faculty, such as USC Annenberg Associate Professor of Professional Practice & CPD Faculty Fellow Amara Aguilar, who teaches Multi-platform Content Strategy for Public Diplomacy.