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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Duff Gillespie
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Introduces students to policy analysis and issues in reproductive health, especially international family planning. Students learn how to analyze policy-making processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy. Focuses on training in the Spitfire Strategies Smart Chart™ approach to advocacy. Uses case studies to analyze policies. Special focus is given to FP2020, the international initiative launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The instructor presents an “insider’s” perspective for most cases and draws heavily on the Advance Family Planning, an evidence-based, multi-country advocacy project.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Analyze the reproductive health policies making process of the United States government, the United Nations, and selected developing countries;
Analyze how reproductive health policies affect programmatic and budgetary decisions;
Explain how reproductive health policies are different from other health and development policies
Identify external factors that influence the reproductive health policy making process and its implementation
Develop an advocacy plan for influencing the reproductive health policy process
Develop evidence-based messages designed to influence policy makers

Methods of Assessment: Class participation, quizzes, policy brief, and development of a Smart Chart™ plan/narrative for a developing country advocacy issue.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 8:30 - 11:20
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Enrollment Maximum: 20
Enrollment Restriction: No undergraduates
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2016-2017