VACCINE POLICY ISSUES Syllabus

223.687.98 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
ThFS 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • identify the key stakeholders and institutions involved in formulating vaccine policy in the United States and globally
    • describe the 'value chain' in vaccine policy domestically and globally as it progresses from basic research all the way to procurement and implementation
    • describe the different factors that influence the policy-makers in each stage of the 'value chain' and the factors that constrain their ability to enact policy changes
    • use a 'policy analysis' perspective to analyze a vaccine policy issue and recommend a policy action
  • Course Description

    Examines current national and international policy issues in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, supply, and utilization. Topics include development of orphan vaccines, ensuring an adequate supply of safe and effective vaccines, vaccine injury compensation, and disease eradication. Emphasizes the identification of important vaccine policy issues and the development and evaluation of policies to address these issues. Presents the roles, responsibilities, and policy positions of key immunization stakeholders via guest lectures by a wide array of experts who have worked for important vaccine groups (i.e., FDA, GAVI, Vaccine Industry, US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Consumer Group). Readings include relevant scientific papers and reviews, and publications of U.S. and international agencies.

  • Intended Audience

    Students in the MPH, MSPH, and PhD programs with both international and domestic vaccine policy interests who are taking classes in Barcelona.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a final policy analysis paper due within one month after the conclusion of the course.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    223.662, Vaccine Development and Application

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    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.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services: baddison@jhsph.edu, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.