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300.721.01 Foundations in Health Policy I

Health Policy and Management
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Sewell
Course Instructor :

Familiarizes students with some of the foundational readings in health policy and provides an understanding of the theories and conceptual frameworks used in the development, implementation and analysis of health policies. Explores how different disciplines (political science, ethics, law, economics, sociology, behavioral sciences and history) inform thinking about the development, implementation and analysis of health policies that make a difference in the public’s health. Emphasizes critical reading and thinking, informed debate with respect for a range of opinions, and communication skills.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss and critique foundational readings from the disciplines that inform health policy
  2. Provide examples that demonstrate how different disciplines and theories are relevant to contemporary problems in health policy and conducting research to better understand these problems
  3. Describe how theories and disciplines are used to develop conceptual frameworks helpful for guiding scholarly inquiry
  4. Identify key sources of disagreements in a body of literature and discuss what kinds of evidence would be persuasive in supporting, refuting or refining a particular line of argument
  5. Demonstrate how research can test a theory and help to re-formulate the theory based on new knowledge
  6. Conduct a comprehensive literature review on a policy topic, and develop other forms of written communication skills critical to formulating, assessing and evaluating health policies to confront major public health challenges
Methods of Assessment:

This course cannot be taken pass/fail. Grades will be given at the end of each term and will be determined as follows: 50% for Class Participation and Course Engagement, and 50% for Written Assignment.

Enrollment Restriction:

ONLY PHD students in HPM permitted to register for this class

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

PhD students in HPM ONLY