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Public Health Policy: the Intersection of Science and Politics

Washington, DC
Winter Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Wed 01/08/2020 - Fri 01/10/2020
Class Times:
  • W Th F,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Pamela Davis
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

If you are interested in learning about how the policy development process works in real life, join us for Public Health Policy: The Intersection of Science and Politics. The course, held in Washington, DC, blends lectures, discussions, and interactions with those engaged directly in the policy development process to provide students with an “insiders” perspective on the policy development process. Students will gain a perspective as to how public health policy is a reflection of knowledge, political will and social strategy.

Employs both lecture and interactive formats to explore the nature of the public health policy process, including how policy is a reflection of knowledge, political will and social strategy. Through presentations by instructors and guest speakers, offers examples of public health policy development highlighting the intersection of science and politics. Deepens and enriches the learning process through field trip(s) that actively engage students with Washington, D.C. public health advocates and policy makers with varying policy roles and perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Distinguish the roles of scientific knowledge, political will, and social strategy in the public health policy development process;
  2. Express the importance of stakeholder outreach and engagement in the public health policymaking process;
  3. Identify opportunities and challenges to evidence-based public health policy development
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 35% Presentation(s)
  • 45% Written Assignment(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are expected to participate in class discussions, seminar presentations, and field trip(s)and complete all assigned readings prior to the course. The final written policy analysis assignment will be due no later than February 7, 2020.