About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN HEALTH POLICY (308.602.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Students explore the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the United States. Examines the roles of government institutions and political actors both inside and outside government in developing and implementing health policy. Uses past and present health care debates to illustrate concepts, theories and frameworks discussed in class. Students acquire an understanding of the political processes in which health policies are considered, and gain practical experience executing political strategies in the context of health policy campaigns. An optional doctoral level health politics “journal club” lab is available to students.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • To introduce students to the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the US
  • To explore the role of politics in health policy formulation, implementation and analysis
  • To provide students with practical experience with issue advocacy, policy framing and political strategy in an applied context

Course Time

Mon Wed   1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

HPM PhD and MSPH in health policy students

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation is based on two written assignments and a final examination.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Colleen Barry
E-mail: cbarry@jhsph.edu