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Health Policy and Management

Course Offerings

The following were courses offered during the 2018 Fall Institute. Not all of these will be available to take in 2019, but represents what may be available and what kind of courses we tend to offer. A finalized list for the 2019 Fall Institute should be available in late Spring.

550.608.98 Problem Solving in Public Health
4 Credits
November 6-9, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructors: Ms. Dana Sleicher and Dr. Cyrus Engineer
Registration Fee: 560 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tution: $4512

Note: Enrollment in this course is limited to 45 students

This course serves as an integrated introduction to the field of public health, offering definitions of health and public health, a comparison of the fields of public health and medicine, and an introduction to a broad array of current public health issues. The main focus of the course is to help students develop an effective, coherent approach to solving public health problems. Public health work is rarely conducted in isolation: Students will work in teams to develop their skills in the use of a public health framework for addressing public health challenges—and opportunities.

The Problem Solving Framework used in the course contains a series of sequential steps: defining the problem; measuring its magnitude; understanding the key determinants; identifying and developing intervention and prevention strategies; setting priorities and recommending policies; implementing intervention strategies; and evaluating the interventions. Effective communication strategies are critical at all stages of the Problem Solving framework, and the human rights impact of each step is actively considered.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later than December 21, 2018.


312.551.98 Workshop: Crisis Communication in Barcelona
November 9, 2018
830 -1800
Instructors: Drs. Carme Borrell, M. Isabel Pasarin Rua and Josh Sharfstein
Registration Fee: 140 Euros

This workshop will focus on developing a protocol to be used within the city of Barcelona to address crisis communications within the city of Barcelona. Components of the protocol would include a communication plan as well as steps to manage a crisis. Special consideration will be made to discuss the implications of opening a new drug center, a crisis of an infectious disease, or a crisis related to air or water quality.

Workshops are intended to be hands-on opportunities for public health professionals to examine a topic of particular interest or application to the city of Barcelona. The workshops are open to those beyond employees and researchers of the Barcelona Public Health Agency, but no JHU or UPF academic credit will be available to participants.

302.675.98 Crisis Response in Public Health Practice: International Perspectives
2 credits
November 12-13, 2018
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Josh Sharfstein, Carme Borrell, and M. Isabel Pasarin Rua
Registration Fee: 280 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $2256

Firefighters battle fires; police officers fight crime. Public health officials capture the public’s attention during crises, such as infectious disease outbreaks, panic over tainted food or other household products, weather-related disasters, and high profile disputes with regulated industries. This course brings the concept of crisis to center stage in order to prepare future and current public health officials for crisis.

This course examines crises from the point of view of an agency leader responsible for designing and implementing an effective response while maintaining credibility and securing long-term policy change. Recent crises including the global response to Ebola and Zika, responses to regulatory failures, foodborne outbreaks, and vaccine controversies will be discussed. Students are provided an opportunity to apply their knowledge by proposing a crisis response plan for a public health agency. Note, this is not a course in emergency preparedness or disaster planning.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


140.608.98 Analysis of Longitudinal Data
2 Credits
November 12-13, 2018

830-1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Elizabeth Colantuoni and Mr. Xavier Bartoll-Roca
Registration Fee: 280 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $2256

This course covers statistical models for drawing scientific inferences from longitudinal data. Topics that will be discussed in the course include longitudinal study design; exploring longitudinal data; linear and generalized linear regression models for correlated data, including marginal, random effects, and transition models; and handling missing data.

Students who register for this course must have an intermediate (post-bachelariate) level understanding of biostatistics and epidemiology. It is strongly recommended that students bring a laptop to class, but a computer lab will be available.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


340.696.98 Spatial Analysis I: ArcGIS
3 credits
November 14-16, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Mr. Timothy Shields and Mr. Pau Galles
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3273

Note: Enrollment in this course is limited to 30 students

ArcGIS is the gold standard tool for mapping topics within populations and thus critical to the design of population-based studies.

This course will examine the use of ArcGIS Geographic Information System (GIS) software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying public health-related spatial data. The course will cover topics such as mapping, geocoding, and manipulations related to data structures and topology and will introduce the spatial science paradigm: Spatial Data, GIS, and Spatial Statistics. The instructor will use selected case studies to demonstrate concepts along this paradigm, focusing on using GIS to generate and refine hypotheses about public health-related spatial data in preparation for a formal statistical analysis.

Although not a required part of the curriculum, topics related to spatial statistical modeling will be discussed throughout the three days. Includes both lecture and lab formats with GIS concepts and software specific details demonstrated during the lab portions. The use of personal laptops to follow along is strongly encouraged.

Note that Johns Hopkins students who have completed course 140.662 should not register for this class. 

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


300.603.98 The Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making
3 credits
November 14-16, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Beth Resnick
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3273

This course will introduce the core functions of public health and the core competencies for public health professionals. Students will assess their strengths and academic goals while building their toolbox of public health competencies. Case studies will be used to present competencies.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a competency self-assessment due by December 1st.

308.610.98 The Political Economy of Social Inequalities and Its Consequences for Health and Quality of Life
3 Credits
November 19-21, 2018

830-1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Vicente Navarro
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3384

This course focuses on the economic, financial, political, and social causes for the growth of social inequalities, in both developed and underdeveloped countries, and its consequences for health and quality of life. A special emphasis is given to the analysis of public policies that have been developed by national and international agencies and how they have impacted the growth of those inequalities. The course also analyzes social class, race, and gender inequalities and their reproduction through national and international policies. The increasing concentration of power and the way it appears in health and vital statistics is emphasized. This course requires active participation of the students in the discussion of the issues involved.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on active class participation, including position debates. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a final paper due no later than December 21, 2018.


330.607.98 Prevention of Mental Disorders: Public Health Interventions
3 credits
November 19-21, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Drs. Tamar Mendelson and. Carles Ariza
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tution: $3384

This course will introduce the basic principles and methods that guide research on the prevention of and early intervention with mental disorders and drug abuse. Public health interventions that operate at multiple ecological levels, including the community (e.g., mobilization, media), school (e.g., changes in classroom management and organization), family (e.g., parent training strategies), and individual (e.g., social competence strategies) will be addressed. Additional topics to be considered include prevention and intervention trial design, community and institutional base building, intervention theory and monitoring, and data analysis techniques and findings.

Participants in this course should have a knowledge of basic epidemiologic and developmental principles.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


312.556.98 Workshop: The Evaluation of the Barcelona Action Plan on Mental Health
November 22, 2018
830-1800
Instructors: Dsr. Carles Ariza and Tamar Mendelson
Registration Fee: 140 Euros

This workshop will focus on an evaluation of the Barcelona action plan on Mental Health.

Workshops are intended to be hands-on opportunities for public health professionals to examine a topic of particular interest or application to the city of Barcelona. The workshops are open to those beyond employees and researchers of the Barcelona Public Health Agency, but no JHU or UPF academic credit will be available to participants. 

318.864.98, Current Issues in Policy Analysis: Advanced Issues at the Forefront of Climate Change and Health Policy and Practice
2 credits
November 26-27, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Drs. Mary Sheehan and Joan Ramon Villalbí
Registration Fee: 280 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $2256

The course will focus on interactions between the changing climate and human health taking a complex-systems view that crosses sectors, spans government levels, and integrates perspectives across government, private sector and community actors. Topic areas will include, inter alia, innovations in cross-sectoral policymaking frameworks such as "multi-solving"; new tools for maximizing health and climate vulnerability indicators and mapping; successful strategies for achieving a "health lens" for climate challenges; emerging examples of promising financing mechanisms to pay for resilience-building interventions; and lessons from the newly emerging cross-disciplinary field of "Planetary Health."

The course provides policy researchers with a set of analytical frameworks to gain a greater understanding of policy issues. Explores all aspects of a topical policy issue from its origins, transformations, and impact on health and social justice. Policy topics are determined each year according to faculty interest, student need, and policy saliency. Uses case studies, policy analysis readings, and discussions to foster student learning. Some sessions focus directly on translating policy research into policy alternatives while others focus on the political and social environment.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


309.730.98, Patient Safety and Medical Errors*
3 Credits
November 28-30, 2018

830-1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Albert Wu
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3384

This course provides an introduction to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Topics to be addressed in class include the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety, reviews institutional responses to adverse events, including the topics of risk management and medical malpractice, and emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork. Students will learn the basics of conducting an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in hospitals and other health care organizations from both the micro and macro points of view.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


221.701.98, Introduction to Gender Analysis within Health Research and Interventions
2 credits
November 29-30, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Drs. Rosemary Morgan, Maria Salvador, and Gloria Perez
Registration Fee: 280 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $2256

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate gender analysis into health research or interventions? Gender is a key social stratifer which affects health needs, vulnerabilities, risks, and outcomes. Gender analysis entails seeking to understand inequities in health as a result of differential distributions of power and resources and how these inequities affect research and intervention outcomes. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate gender analysis into health research projects or interventions.

This course introduces gender analysis as an integral part of health research and interventions. We will focus on teaching participants how to incorporate gender analysis into health research and interventions. Topics to be explored include theoretical approaches to gender and health, including intersectionality, masculinities, and non-binary approaches; how gender and gender relations affects health needs, risks, experiences, and outcomes; and ways in which gender analysis can be incorporated into health research and interventions, including the use of gender frameworks and questions, gender assessments, and transformative approaches. Examples will cover a range of international settings, with a focus on low-and-middle income country settings.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


182.637.98, Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment
4 credits
November 26-29, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Drs. Daniel Anna, Ana Gómez, and Ms. Laia Font
Registration Fee: 560 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $4512

This course will address noise-related topics such as physics of noise propagation and control, noise measurement, hearing physiology, and noise-induced hearing loss. Topiccs to be discussed include ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, lasers, and heat stress. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be knowledgable about the components of an acceptable hearing conservation program, be able to calculate noise exposure metrics and compare them to acceptable exposure criteria and assess the acceptability of exposures to radiofrequency non-ionizing radiation. 

Participants in this course should have a college-level background in chemistry and physics. 

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.


410.654.98, Health Communication Programs I: Planning and Strategic Design
4 credits
November 26-29, 2018
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Doug Storey and Elia Diez
Registration Fee: 560 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $4512

This course will focus on the design, implementation, evaluation, and critique of communication interventions and campaigns designed to change behavior. Topics to be covered include a background analysis (including situation and program analysis; policy, media, and service review; and audience analysis); strategic program design; message development; pretesting; materials production; developing and implementing a research-based distribution plan; monitoring; evaluation; and interpersonal communication and use of mass media, including "entertainment education" projects, as an integral part of health communication programs.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by an assessment determined by their instructor due after the end of the course.