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318.607.01 The Tools of Government I

Health Policy and Management
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  4:00 - 6:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Lester Salamon
Course Instructor:

Discusses the instruments available to government to achieve its policy and program objectives. Examples of these instruments include grants, contracts, regulation, vouchers, loans, and loan guarantees. Compares the varying outcomes resulting from the choice of instrument. Focuses on the challenges of managing the complex public-private collaborations from either direction.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Differentiate the major tools of public action
  2. Determine the appropriate design for public program, including appropriate choice of tool and tool design features
  3. Identify the causes of public program implementation problems
  4. Manage public programs embodying a wide array of tools of public action
  5. Operate complex public-private collaborations
  6. Communicate complex analyses of program design issues both orally and in writing
Methods of Assessment:

class participation (20%); news commentaries (15%); formal briefing book (40%); final(25%)


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduates not permitted

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 offered on the Homewood campus in Wyman 571