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223.687.98 Vaccine Policy Issues

International Health
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Barcelona, Spain
Thu 11/15/2012 - Sat 11/17/2012
Class Times:
  • Th F Sa,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

223.662, Vaccine Development and Application


Examines current national and international policy issues in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, supply, and utilization. Topics include development of orphan vaccines, ensuring an adequate supply of safe and effective vaccines, vaccine injury compensation, and disease eradication. Emphasizes the identification of important vaccine policy issues and the development and evaluation of policies to address these issues. Presents the roles, responsibilities, and policy positions of key immunization stakeholders via guest lectures by a wide array of experts who have worked for important vaccine groups (i.e., FDA, GAVI, Vaccine Industry, US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Consumer Group). Readings include relevant scientific papers and reviews, and publications of U.S. and international agencies.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify the key stakeholders and institutions involved in formulating vaccine policy in the United States and globally
  2. describe the 'value chain' in vaccine policy domestically and globally as it progresses from basic research all the way to procurement and implementation
  3. describe the different factors that influence the policy-makers in each stage of the 'value chain' and the factors that constrain their ability to enact policy changes
  4. use a 'policy analysis' perspective to analyze a vaccine policy issue and recommend a policy action
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a final policy analysis paper due within one month after the conclusion of the course.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time degree students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer in HPM prior to registering for this class.

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