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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Duff Gillespie
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Introduces students to policy analysis and issues in reproductive health, concentrating on international family planning. Students learn how to analyze policy-making processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy. Uses case studies to analyze past and current global, national and subnational policies. Focuses espay on FP2020, the international initiative launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The instructors present an “insider’s” perspective from their broad advocacy experience and achievements of Advance Family Planning (AFP), an evidence-based, multi-country advocacy initiative of the Gates Institute on Population and Reproductive Health. Focuses on training in the AFP approach to advocacy strategy development, implementation, and evaluation.

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

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: 2014-2015