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Health Policy Analysis in Low and Middle Income Countries

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Jeremy Shiffman

Provides an overview of key political frameworks, models and theories related to the policy process, and offers practical perspectives on their application to health policy-making in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Analyzes political, bureaucratic and other influences on health policy-making. Introduces the main actors, processes and contextual features that are typical of policy development and implementation in low and middle income countries, and actors and processes at the global level that influence LMIC policy. Includes topics: models of the policy process; national policy-making dynamics, including the role of governmental, civil society and private sector actors; policy implementers and their role in shaping policy development; and global health governing institutions and their influence on national policy processes.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply key frameworks and models of the policy process to understanding health policy-making in LMICs
  2. Identify, describe and analyze common processes and actors involved in health policy development, with a particular focus on low and middle income countries
  3. Analyze factors influencing and shaping national policy leadership in the health sector in LMICs
  4. Recognize the need to respect national processes when working in LMICs
  5. Develop strategies to promote successful policy agenda-setting, development, and implementation in LMICs, using tools learned in class
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Participation
  • 35% Reading responses
  • 40% Paper(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

no undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Students concentrating in the MSPH in Health Systems are required to take this course. Others must email instructor requesting consent. Priority will be given to students taking the course for letter grade.

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Special Comments:

Interested students must email instructor requesting consent. Priority will be given to students taking the course for letter grade. MSPH Health Systems students are required to take this course. Students are expected to do all the reading and participate in every session.