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Introduction to Campaigning & Organizing for Public Health


Summer term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Ayelet Hines
Ayelet Hines

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Tired of beating your head against the wall trying to make people well in a broken system? Take this course and learn how to change the system.

Introduces students to a key area of knowledge in public health practice: the principles and methods of community organizing and campaigning for policy and structural change. Focuses on how to mobilize the right people at the right time, with the right demands, to change public policies to promote health. Complements other courses in the school that look at advocating within policy processes or by using the mass media by placing these strategies in the context of the practical daily work and thinking of people who plan and carry out policy change campaigns at grassroots and grasstop levels.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Critically evaluate community organizing as a behavioral intervention to support public health policy change
  2. Describe the purpose and methods of campaign planning and execution
  3. Identify key lessons to be learned from campaigns in other arenas
  4. Recognize that real improvements in people’s lives have been achieved by citizens like them running hard-hitting campaigns
  5. Select the most appropriate campaign approaches for particular situations
  6. Develop a basic campaign plan to address a real-world problem
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 20% Assignments
  • 25% Final Project
  • 10% Discussion Board
  • 15% Peer-feedback

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Co-instructor faculty appointment pending for Ayelet Hines