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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:
2018 - 2019
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. Define health and social policy problems
  2. Articulate policy solutions to health and social problems
  3. Assess policy options to address a defined problem
  4. Identify the role of government in policy formulation
  5. Assess the feasibility of translating a good policy idea into a viable policy option
  6. Explain how policy makers and other stakeholders interact in the context of formulating policy
  7. Describe the legal principles that underlie health policy formulation
  8. Define the role of academic researchers in policy making
  9. Provide examples of how policy has addressed health and social problems
  10. Write more effectively for a policy audience
  11. Apply skills and knowledge about policy formulation to advance health and social policy initiatives
Methods of Assessment:

written assignments (50%), class participation (20%) and a short presentation (30%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

audit students must obtain permission from instructor to register

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