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300.711.01 Health Policy I: Social and Economic Determinants of Health

Health Policy and Management
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Sewell
Course Instructor:

Provides students with the theoretical and practical background to understand the complex web of social, economic, and political, determinants of health. Introduces students to key theories from sociology, economics and political science; students learn to applied these theories as analytic tools enabling them to develop and evaluate policy solutions to public health problems. Students also learn various conceptual models that integrate social, economic and political factors as determents of health related outcomes and health policy formation.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss and identify primary theories from sociology, economics and political science as they apply to population health and health policy formation
  2. Identify conceptual models linking social, economic and political context to population health and health policy formation
  3. Evaluate research linking determinants of health with population health and health policy
  4. Analyze and interpret how social, economic and political forces have affected health inequalities in the US and internationally
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on a mid-term and final.

Enrollment Restriction:

no undergraduates permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required