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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Presents the considerations, theories, activities and participants involved in the formulation of health and social policy. Examines the process of defining health and social problems, selecting and assessing policy options, and the role that various stakeholders have in the making of health and social policy. Through case studies, students learn how policy processes work, the role of politics, and how stakeholders external to policy processes such as researchers, advocates, and other public and private organizations help to shape policy decisions.

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: written assignments, class participation and a short presentation
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Thursday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: section restricted to 1st year MPP and MSPH/health policy HPM students
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

this section is restricted to HPM PhD students in HPP and MPH students in the health systems and policy concentration

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail