Skip Navigation

Course Catalog


Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Mary Sewell
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Explores the considerations, activities and participants involved in the formulation of public health policy. Examines the process of selecting and assessing policy options, and discusses the role that various players have in the making of health policy. Through the analyses of case studies, students learn how policy-makers interact, and how outside influences such as the media and advocates help shape policy. Presents basic legal principles that govern health policy, and discusses the roles of economics and ethics in policy formulation.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Develop the skills to identify a public health issue and to consider the range of policies to address that issue
Describe the assessment and selection of a policy from among different options
Identify the role that various government branches and officials play in the formulation of policy
Assess the feasibility of translating an idea into policy
Explain the interaction of policy makers with those trying to influence policy choices
Describe the legal principles that underlie health policy formulation
Define the role of academic researchers in policy making
Provide examples of how policy has effectively reduced public health problems

Methods of Assessment: 1) a written mid-term take-home assignment; 2) a final paper; and 3) class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Thursday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: no undergraduates permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail