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300.732.01 Policy Communications II: Reading, Writing and Talking About Policy


Health Policy and Management
2nd term
1 credit
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  10:30 - 11:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Carey Borkoski
Course Instructors:



Will help students develop as strong policy writers but also as critical readers of and participants in the policy literature and conversations. Will learn to write with clarity, confidence and in modes appropriate for different audiences. Covers different forms of communicating policy and various kinds within these modes including executive summaries, annotated bibliographies, short policy briefs, presentations and literature critiques. Replicates challenges policy students will encounter as professionals. Habits, methods and techniques to produce high quality writing, to critically review relevant literature and effectively engage in policy discussions and discourse will be addressed. To be successful students will constantly read and write and will fully engage with faculty and students in editorial discussions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop the skills to identify a public health issue and to consider the range of policies to address that issue
  2. Describe the assessment and selection of a policy from among different options
  3. Identify the role that various government branches and officials play in the formulation of policy
  4. Assess the feasibility of translating an idea into policy
  5. Explain the interaction of policy makers with those trying to influence policy choices
  6. Describe the legal principles that underlie health policy formulation
  7. Define the role of academic researchers in policy making
  8. Provide examples of how policy has effectively reduced public health problems
Methods of Assessment:

class participation, including completion of peer-review assignments (20%) and submission of communication documents (80%)


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

ONLY MSPH/health policy students in HPM permitted to register for this class

Instructor Consent:

No consent required