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Health Policy Analysis in Low and Middle Income Countries

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Sara Bennett

220.601 Intro to International Health


Provides an overview of key political frameworks and theories related to policy development and offers practical perspectives on their application to health policy in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Analyzes the political economy of health policy, that is how the political environment, country institutions, and economic and planning systems come together to influence the process of health policy development. Introduces the main actors, processes and contextual features that are typical of policy development and implementation in low and middle income countries, and actors and processes at the global level that influence LMIC policy. Topics covered encompass national policy and planning frameworks; relationships with aid donors and issues of aid harmonization and alignment; the role of policy networks and in particular civil society actors; policy implementers and their role in shaping policy development; and mechanisms for global health governance.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply the key features of various frameworks and models for understanding the political economy of health policy
  2. Identify, describe and analyze common processes and actors involved in health policy development with a particular focus on low and middle income countries
  3. Appreciate the need for national policy leadership in the health sector, and when working in low and middle income countries, act in ways that respect national processes
  4. Help develop and implement strategies to promote successful policy development and implementation for a range of different policy issues
  5. Write a policy communication such as a policy brief
Methods of Assessment:

1. ONLINE QUIZ on weekly readings and lectures 10%
2. ASSIGNMENT 1 - In-class assignment 15%
3. ASSIGNMENT 2 - Policy analysis essay 30%
4. ASSIGNMENT 3 - Policy brief 30%
5. CLASS PARTICIPATION (attendance, discussion participation, peer evaluation in final case study) 15%

Enrollment Restriction:

no undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

No consent required