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Public Health Policy

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

Introduces MPH students to the many opportunities in public health policy to improve the health of populations in communities around the world. Focuses on identifying decisionmakers, framing problems and key questions, developing and evaluating policy options, and advocating for change. Also provides an introduction to some major policy challenges facing public health, such as tobacco, lead poisoning, chronic disease, addiction, and violence.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the power of different types of public health policies to improve health and save lives
  2. Identify and describe the role of key decision-makers for specific policy issues
  3. Define policy questions in a way that evidence and ethics can be brought to bear on designing response options
  4. Assess policies using multiple criteria (including cost, equity, cultural values and practices, and impact) and recommend preferred policies based on this assessment
  5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across local, national, and international settings
  6. Advocate to improve political, social, and economic policies that will improve health in diverse populations
Methods of Assessment:

Quiz #1 (5 points); Profile of a Decision-maker (10 points); Problem Statement and Policy Question Activity (10 points); Criteria Activity (10 points); Policy Memo (30 points); Quiz #2 (15 points); Elevator Pitch (20 points)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

No consent required