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Term: Winter I term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • Josh Horwitz

Prepares health professionals, (from government health officials, business leaders, non-profit organization representatives to scientists) to advance public health policy improvements. Through lectures, extensive group exercises and a "mock" congressional hearing, students develop the skills to evaluate the policymaking process, create opportunities to inform and influence policymaking, and become more effective in translating and communicating in a policymaking environment.

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Assess a public health problem and determine tactically when to solve the problem with policy strategies versus behavioral education,
Analyze the legislative, administrative and judicial intervention points for policymaking and identify where to effectively target advocacy efforts,
Identify and evaluate advocacy strategies, such as coalitions, grassroots, and paid and earned media outreach, in order to create specific advocacy campaigns,
Dissect policy-oriented communications and develop personal skills to effectively translate and advocate for public health improvements to policymakers, the press and the public,

Methods of Assessment: class participation 20%; four assignments worth 20% each
Location: Washington, DC
Class Times:
  • Mon 01/07/2013 - Wed 01/09/2013
  • Monday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015