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318.605.01 Policy Analysis for the Real World 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:

Develops student analytical thinking through real-world problem applications including social, urban, and health policy. Prepares students to master the essential steps of any policy analysis: identify the problem, assessing the available evidence, specifying goals and constraints and examining policy alternatives. Emphasizes communicating in a simple, clear and direct way.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define the nature of the policy problem based on effective and critical review of multiple sources of information;
  2. Assess the quality of evidence from secondary source policy analyses;
  3. Identify and interpret patterns and trends in data;
  4. Conduct surveys to assess perceptions and behaviors
  5. Communicate policy analyses with precision, clarity and cogency; and
  6. Engage in effective team work.
Methods of Assessment:

6 written policy papers and associated oral presentations


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 enrolled in programs other than the MPP must obtain permission of department prior to registering for this course.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be taught on the Homewood Campus.