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Foundations in Health Policy I

East Baltimore
1st term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Brendan Saloner

Familiarizes students with some of the foundational readings in health policy and provides an understanding of the theories and conceptual frameworks used in the development, implementation and analysis of health policies. Explores how different disciplines (political science, ethics, law, economics, sociology, behavioral sciences and history) inform thinking about the development, implementation and analysis of health policies that make a difference in the public’s health. Emphasizes critical reading and thinking, informed debate with respect for a range of opinions, and communication skills.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss and critique foundational readings from the disciplines that inform health policy
  2. Provide examples that demonstrate how different disciplines and theories are relevant to contemporary problems in health policy and conducting research to better understand these problems
  3. Describe how theories and disciplines are used to develop conceptual frameworks helpful for guiding scholarly inquiry
  4. Identify key sources of disagreements in a body of literature and discuss what kinds of evidence would be persuasive in supporting, refuting or refining a particular line of argument
  5. Demonstrate how research can test a theory and help to re-formulate the theory based on new knowledge
  6. Conduct a comprehensive literature review on a policy topic, and develop other forms of written communication skills critical to formulating, assessing and evaluating health policies to confront major public health challenges
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Discussion
  • 50% Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

ONLY PHD students in HPM permitted to register for this class

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

PhD students in HPM ONLY