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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Ellen MacKenzie
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Familiarizes students with some of the foundational readings in health policy and provides an understanding of the theories and conceptual frameworks used in the development, implementation and analysis of health policies. Explores how different disciplines (political science, ethics, law, economics, sociology, behavioral sciences and history) inform thinking about the development, implementation and analysis of health policies that make a difference in the public’s health.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss and critique several of the foundational readings in health policy
Demonstrate how different disciplines and theories are relevant to contemporary problems in health policy
Describe how theories and disciplines are used in the development of a conceptual framework for policy development and research
Demonstrate how research can test a theory and help to re-formulate the theory based on new knowledge
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: Class participation (30%) and 7 written assignments (70%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 5:20
Final grade applies to all terms
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: restricted to HPM PhD students only
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail