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223.687.01 Vaccine Policy Issues

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Amber Cox
Course Instructors:

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:

Student evaluation based on class participation, an Op-Ed piece, and a policy analysis paper.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required