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Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Judy Holzer
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Examines current national and international policy issues in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, supply, and utilization. Topics include development of orphan vaccines, ensuring an adequate supply of safe and effective vaccines, vaccine injury compensation, and disease eradication. Emphasizes the identification of important vaccine policy issues and the development and evaluation of policies to address these issues. Presents the roles, responsibilities, and policy positions of key immunization stakeholders via guest lectures by a wide array of experts who have worked for important vaccine groups (i.e., FDA, GAVI, Vaccine Industry, US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Consumer Group). Readings include relevant scientific papers and reviews, and publications of U.S. and international agencies.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
identify the key stakeholders and institutions involved in formulating vaccine policy in the United States and globally
describe the 'value chain' in vaccine policy domestically and globally as it progresses from basic research all the way to procurement and implementation
describe the different factors that influence the policy-makers in each stage of the 'value chain' and the factors that constrain their ability to enact policy changes
use a 'policy analysis' perspective to analyze a vaccine policy issue and recommend a policy action

Methods of Assessment: Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a final policy analysis paper due within one month after the conclusion of the course.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Class Times:
  • Thu 11/15/2012 - Sat 11/17/2012
  • Thursday 8:30 - 6:00
  • Friday 8:30 - 6:00
  • Saturday 8:30 - 6:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Full-time degree students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer in HPM prior to registering for this class.

For consent, contact:

223.662, Vaccine Development and Application

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016