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300.610.01 Public Health Policy

Health Policy and Management
Summer term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Josh Sharfstein
Course Instructor:

Introduces MPH students to the policy process and some of the main policy issues confronting public health today. Presents an analytical model of the policy process called the eightfold path, which divides the policy process into the steps that a policy analyst can use to either better understand the policy process and or to become a more effective advocate for policy change. Presents a number of policy issues confronting public health policy makers today (e.g. gun policy, obesity, injuries, chronic conditions, access to care). Introduces strategies for conducting a literature synthesis of a policy issue.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the main policy issues facing public health
  2. Describe a rational approach to public health policy making
  3. Write a literature synthesis
  4. Develop policy options and evaluate policy alternatives
  5. Prepare effective policy documents
  6. Identify different options for communicating policy recommendations
Methods of Assessment:

Literature synthesis (25 points); Bardach policy memo (25 points); Quiz (10 points); Final assignment (40 points)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

No consent required