HEALTH ADVOCACY Syllabus
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,
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.
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Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: class participation 20%; four assignments worth 20% each
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
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
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