300.711.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Thomas LaVeist
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Discuss and identify primary theories from sociology, economics and political science as they apply to population health and health policy formation
    • Identify conceptual models linking social, economic and political context to population health and health policy formation
    • Evaluate research linking determinants of health with population health and health policy
    • Analyze and interpret how social, economic and political forces have affected health inequalities in the US and internationally
  • Course Description
    Provides students with the theoretical and practical background to understand the complex web of social, economic, and political, determinants of health. Introduces students to key theories from sociology, economics and political science; students learn to applied these theories as analytic tools enabling them to develop and evaluate policy solutions to public health problems. Students also learn various conceptual models that integrate social, economic and political factors as determents of health related outcomes and health policy formation.
  • Intended Audience
    PhD students in HPM along with MSPH in health policy students and MHS in health economics students: MPH students and others from the school interested in health policy development.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Students will be evaluated based on a mid-term and final.
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  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

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