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Policy Communications: Reading, Writing and Talking About Policy


East Baltimore
1st term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor s:
JB Wogan

Students develop skills as strong policy writers, but also as critical readers of and participants in the policy literature and conversations. Students learn to write with clarity, confidence and in modes appropriate for different audiences. Covers different forms of communicating policy and various kinds within these modes including executive summaries, annotated bibliographies, short policy briefs, presentations and literature critiques. Replicates challenges policy students will encounter as professionals. Addresses habits, methods and techniques to produce high quality writing, to critically review relevant literature and effectively engage in policy discussions and discourse. To be successful, students constantly read and write and fully engage with faculty and students in editorial discussions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify different and appropriate forms of policy writing to address the needs of policy stakeholders
  2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing to policy stakeholders
  3. Critically read and review reports, articles, and other sources of evidence
  4. Provide objective and constructive peer-feedback on versions of policy drafts
  5. Implement effective presentation strategies based on an understanding of the audience
  6. Apply the above skills to a particular policy topic
Methods of Assessment:

class participation, including completion of peer-review assignments (20%) and submission of communication documents (80%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Priority registration given to MPP students; All others must obtain consent from Mary Wisniewski to register

For consent, contact: