About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for HEALTH ADVOCACY (301.645.51), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Prepares health professionals, (from government health officials, business leaders, non-profit organization representatives to scientists) to advance public health policy improvements. Through lectures, extensive group exercises and a "mock" congressional hearing, students develop the skills to evaluate the policymaking process, create opportunities to inform and influence policymaking, and become more effective in translating and communicating in a policymaking environment.

Course Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Assess a public health problem and determine tactically when to solve the problem with policy strategies versus behavioral education,
  • Analyze the legislative, administrative and judicial intervention points for policymaking and identify where to effectively target advocacy efforts,
  • Identify and evaluate advocacy strategies, such as coalitions, grassroots, and paid and earned media outreach, in order to create specific advocacy campaigns,
  • Dissect policy-oriented communications and develop personal skills to effectively translate and advocate for public health improvements to policymakers, the press and the public,

Course Time

Mon Tue Wed   9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

internet part-time MPH students and others interested in this topic area

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: class participation 20%; four assignments worth 20% each

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Pamela Davis
E-mail: pdavis@jhsph.edu