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Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century

East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Mary Sewell

Explores the considerations, activities and participants involved in the formulation of public health policy. Examines the process of selecting and assessing policy options, and discusses the role that various players have in the making of health policy. Through the analyses of case studies, students learn how policy-makers interact, and how outside influences such as the media and advocates help shape policy. Presents basic legal principles that govern health policy, and discusses the roles of economics and ethics in policy formulation.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop the skills to identify a public health issue and to consider the range of policies to address that issue
  2. Describe the assessment and selection of a policy from among different options
  3. Identify the role that various government branches and officials play in the formulation of policy
  4. Assess the feasibility of translating an idea into policy
  5. Explain the interaction of policy makers with those trying to influence policy choices
  6. Describe the legal principles that underlie health policy formulation
  7. Define the role of academic researchers in policy making
  8. Provide examples of how policy has effectively reduced public health problems
Methods of Assessment:

written assignments, class participation and a short presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

section restricted to 1st year MPP and MSPH/health policy HPM students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

this section is restricted to 1st year MPP and MSPH/health policy students in HPM

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