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318.601.01 The Policy Process I

Health Policy and Management
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
  • George Guess

Examines the influence of political, organizational, and substantive complexities on the policy process. Specifically addresses the key stages of the policy process, the different frameworks for effective policymaking in complex political and bureaucratic environments, how issues get on the policy agenda, and the art behind policy implementation and sustainability.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the political, organizational and substantive complexities of the policy process;
  2. Illustrate the different conceptual policy models;
  3. Identify the areas of policy formulation, policy implementation, policy adoption, policy agendas and problem definition;
  4. Differentiate the key stages of the policy process; and
  5. Compare different frameworks for effective policymaking
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (15%); two policy papers (50% each) and final exam (35%)


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduates are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Students not enrolled in the formal MPP program must obtain permission prior to registration.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be taught on the Homewood campus.