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Role of Government in Health Policy


East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Colleen Barry

Students explore the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the United States. Examines the roles of government institutions and political actors both inside and outside government in developing and implementing health policy. Uses past and present health care debates to illustrate concepts, theories and frameworks discussed in class. Students acquire an understanding of the political processes in which health policies are considered, and gain practical experience executing political strategies in the context of health policy campaigns. An optional doctoral level health politics “journal club” lab is available to students.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the U.S.
  2. Discuss the role of politics in health policy formulation, implementation and analysis
  3. Demonstrate practical experience with issue advocacy, policy framing and political strategy in an applied context
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on two written assignments and a final examination.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required