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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Colleen Barry
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Students explore the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the United States. Examines the roles of government institutions and political actors both inside and outside government in developing and implementing health policy. Uses past and present health care debates to illustrate concepts, theories and frameworks discussed in class. Students acquire an understanding of the political processes in which health policies are considered, and gain practical experience executing political strategies in the context of health policy campaigns. An optional doctoral level health politics “journal club” lab is available to students.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Introduce students to the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the U.S.
Explore the role of politics in health policy formulation, implementation and analysis
Provide students with practical experience with issue advocacy, policy framing and political strategy in an applied context

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation is based on two written assignments and a final examination.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail