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223.687.01 Vaccine Policy Issues

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Amber Cox
Course Instructors:

223.662 Vaccine Development and Application


Examines current domestic and international policy issues in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, supply, licensure, delivery and utilization. Topics include: priorities for funding vaccine research and development, ensuring an adequate supply of safe and effective vaccines, vaccine financing and new vaccine introduction decision-making, ethics, and compulsory vaccination. Emphasizes the identification of important vaccine policy issues and the formulation and evaluation of policies to address these issues. Presents the roles, responsibilities, and policy positions of key immunization stakeholders via guest lectures by a wide array of experts who have worked for/with important vaccine stakeholders (e.g., UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, US Government, and GAVI Alliance). Students learn skills including developing a Policy Paper. Readings include relevant scientific papers and publications of U.S. and international agencies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess a vaccine policy issue including determination of its health impacts
  2. Describe vaccine policy stakeholders, evaluate their positions on a variety of vaccine policy issues, and assess the ability of these stakeholders to influence vaccine policy (e.g., their political capital).
  3. Formulate vaccine policy alternatives and apply a framework to evaluate the feasibility and potential impact of these policy alternatives
  4. Construct tools to assess and/or promote vaccine policy including a policy analysis and briefing memo
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on:
Class participation (15%)
Policy Papers (70%):
- Section A: 10%
- Section B: 10%
- Section C: 10%
- Final Submission: 40%
Briefing Memo: (15%)
Class Participation: The class participation grade is based on attendance and participation in class discussion.
Policy Paper: Students may work individually or in pairs to write a Policy Analysis Paper, under 4,000 words.
Briefing Memo: Students will each write a 1-page decisional briefing memo.
For Policy Paper & Briefing Memo instructions, please see the Online Library.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required