300.714.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Gerard Anderson
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • apply the fundamental strategies and techniques of health policy analysis based on multiple analytic perspectives and frameworks
    • write effective policy documents
    • describe the role of politics in policy analysis as it applies to policy initiatives to advance population health and health services
  • Course Description
    Lectures, lab exercises, and case studies of policy issues develop expertise in analyzing and synthesizing policy issues and in preparing policy documents.
  • Intended Audience
    PhD and MSPH students in HPM; MPH students in the Health Systems and Policy concentration
  • Methods of Assessment

    Literature synthesis (10%) Talking Points (15%) Testimony Critique (15%) written policy memo (40%) group presentation (20%)

  • Prerequisites
    Although not formally required, students will be expected to be familiar with materials covered in HP 1-3, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, and with basic civics.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Knowledge of materials covered in HP 1 & 2, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, and familiarity with basic civics will be assumed in the lectures and the discussion, but they will not be tested in the quizzes. For example, the course will assume a basic knowledge of what are the social determinants of health; how to conduct policy analysis; the basics of the US political process; how to conduct research analysis; and the basics of cost effectiveness and statistical analysis.

    The quizzes will cover the materials in the readings and in the lectures. The assigned papers or presentations will assume a basic knowledge of these activities. There will be no remedial sessions for people who have not taken these courses.

  • 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.

  • Contact Information

    Jeromie Ballreich (TA)

    Danielle Edwards (TA)

  • Course Objectives
    1. To learn how to apply a rational approach to policy advocacy and policy making.
    2. To learn how to write a literature synthesis.
    3. To learn how to develop policy options and evaluate alternatives.
    4. To learn how to prepare cost and impact estimates.
    5. To develop the skills for preparing effective policy documents.
    6. To learn to work as a team to present a policy relevant position or research proposal.
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