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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 1 credits
Contact: Carey Borkoski
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
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 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: class participation, including completion of peer-review assignments (20%) and submission of communication documents (80%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 10:30 - 11:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: ONLY MSPH/health policy students in HPM permitted to register for this class
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail