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A Coalition-Based Smart Approach to Public Health Advocacy

3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Beth Fredrick

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


Are you curious about how coalition-based advocacy can be used to improve public health? Are you interested in learning about different advocacy approaches and what makes them effective? Learn the who, what, where, when, and how of strategic advocacy, building from international reproductive health experience and examples.

Introduces the coalition-based SMART model of advocacy as an approach for improving public health outcomes and changing public health policies. Examines international case studies in which advocacy focused on decision-makers played a central role and includes lectures from seasoned advocates. Using reproductive health examples, presents foundational advocacy frameworks and enables students to work through advocacy strategies that are adaptive to a variety of health areas.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Articulate different approaches to advocacy and the external and internal factors that influence the public health policy-making process and its implementation
  2. Apply a decision-maker-centric method of achieving financial and political support
  3. Analyze multiple dimensions (including the role of ethics and evidence) of the public health policy-making process
  4. Apply the coalition-based SMART advocacy approach to strategy development and implementation
  5. Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations by applying the SMART approach to advocacy on a public health policy issue of their choice in a specific geography (MPH competency 14)
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 35% Participation
  • 55% Written Assignment(s)
  • 10% Peer Assessment

Instructor Consent:

No consent required