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Foundations in Health Policy II

East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
This is a blended course, Over the course of the term, 8 hours of classroom time will be replaced by outside-of-class work.
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Mary Sewell



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. 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
Methods of Assessment:

This course cannot be taken pass/fail. One grade will be given at the end of the 2nd term and will be determined as follows: 40% for Class Participation and Course Engagement and 60% for Writing Assignments (15 points for each assignment)

Enrollment Restriction:

restricted to HPM PhD students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required