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221.650.01 Health Policy Analysis in Low and Middle Income Countries

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Sara Bennett
Course Instructor:

220.601 Intro to International Health


Provides an overview of political frameworks and theories related to policy development and offers practical perspectives on their application to health policy in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Analyzes the political economy of health policy, (ie. how the political environment and country institutions policy development). Introduces the main actors, processes and contextual features that are typical of policy development and implementation in LMICs. Topics encompass national policy and planning frameworks; aid harmonization and alignment; the role of policy networks (particularly civil society actors); policy implementers and their role in shaping policy; and mechanisms for global health policy development. Final sessions focus on practical strategies to strengthen policy processes. Teaching draws upon examples from different diseases, services and health systems.

Methods of Assessment:

Attendance and participation in group discussions (20%); completion of policy case study essay (40%); completion of policy brief (40)%

Enrollment Restriction:

no undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

No consent required