About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for HEALTH POLICY II: PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FORMULATION (300.712.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Explores the considerations, activities and participants involved in the formulation of public health policy. Examines the process of selecting and assessing policy options, and discusses the role that various players have in the making of health policy. Through the analyses of case studies, students learn how policy-makers interact, and how outside influences such as the media and advocates help shape policy. Presents basic legal principles that govern health policy, and discusses the roles of economics and ethics in policy formulation.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Develop the skills to identify a public health issue and to consider the range of policies to address that issue
  • Describe the assessment and selection of a policy from among different options
  • Identify the role that various government branches and officials play in the formulation of policy
  • Assess the feasibility of translating an idea into policy
  • Explain the interaction of policy makers with those trying to influence policy choices
  • Describe the legal principles that underlie health policy formulation
  • Define the role of academic researchers in policy making
  • Provide examples of how policy has effectively reduced public health problems

Course Time

Tue Thu   9:00 AM to 10:20 AM



Intended Audience

HPM PhD and MHS/health policy students as well as MPH and others interested in health policy

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: 1) a written mid-term take-home assignment; 2) a final paper; and 3) class participation.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Mary Sewell
E-mail: msewell@jhsph.edu