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Introduction to Policy


East Baltimore
1st term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor :
  • Pierre-Gerlier Forest
Felicia Roane

Provides students with a systematic introduction to the fundamental concepts of policy science and policy analysis. Focuses on central questions, followed by discussions and practical exercises. Addresses the following: What is policy? How can it be distinguished from other forms of public or collective decisions? What is the role of power and authority in policy-making? What is the impact of public policy on society? On ordinary people? How to influence changes in policy? Are health and social policies different from policies in other sectors? How does globalization affect policy capacity at national level?

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Use the key concepts of policy, public policy, and public decision-making
  2. Identify different policy systems and networks
  3. Explain the differences in the various kinds of policy
  4. Describe and discuss the role of evidence in policy
  5. Describe unintended consequences in the context of policy development
  6. Compare private and public policy
  7. Discuss differences in governments and policy around the world
Methods of Assessment:

Class discussion/participation (10%) ; 4 written exercises (10%, 20%, 20%, 40%)

Enrollment Restriction:

MPP, MSPH, MHS, & MPH concentration students only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students who are not in MPP, MSPH, MHS, & MPH concentrations

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