318.606.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
T 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Define the nature of the policy problem based on effective and critical review of multiple sources of information;
    • Assess the quality of evidence from secondary source policy analyses;
    • Identify and interpret patterns and trends in data;
    • Conduct surveys to assess perceptions and behaviors;
    • Communicate policy analyses with precision, clarity and cogency; and
    • Engage in effective team work.
  • Course Description

    Develops student analytical thinking through real-world problem applications including social, urban, and health policy. Prepares students to master the essential steps of any policy analysis: identify the problem, assessing the available evidence, specifying goals and constraints and examining policy alternatives. Emphasizes communicating in a simple, clear and direct way.

  • Intended Audience

    Students enrolled in the MPP program

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: 6 written policy papers and associated oral presentations

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites


  • 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.