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300.610.01
Public Health Policy

Location:
Online/Virtual
Term:
Summer term
Department:
Health Policy and Management
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:50am
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Contact:
Josh Sharfstein
Resources:
Description:

Introduces MPH students to the many opportunities in public health policy to improve the health of populations in communities around the world. Focuses on identifying decision-makers, framing problems and key questions, developing and evaluating policy options, and advocating for change. Provides an introduction to some major policy challenges facing public health, such as inequity, injury, tobacco, nutrition, addiction, and violence.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the power of different types of public health policies to improve health and save lives
  2. Identify and describe the role of key decision-makers for specific policy issues
  3. Define policy questions in a way that evidence and ethics can be brought to bear on designing response options
  4. Assess policies using multiple criteria (including cost, equity, cultural values and practices, and impact) and recommend preferred policies based on this assessment
  5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across local, national, and international settings
  6. Advocate to improve political, social, and economic policies that will improve health in diverse populations
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Activities
  • 70% Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

No consent required