300.712.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Shannon Frattaroli
    Stephen Teret
  • 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 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.
  • Intended Audience
    HPM PhD and MHS/health policy students as well as MPH and others interested in health policy
  • Methods of Assessment
    1) a written mid-term take-home assignment; 2) a final paper; and 3) class participation.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Class participation includes a short presentation.

  • Prerequisites
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

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  • Course Schedule

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

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Teaching Assistants


    Desmond Flagg, MPH -- Lead TA

    • Office Hours: By appointment

    Molly Simmons

    • Office Hours: By appointment


    Eva DuGoff, MPP


    Amber Willink, MPH



  • Disability Support Services
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