POLITICS OF HEALTH POLICY Syllabus

300.652.98 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • identify the dynamics of political and economic forces on health
    • analyze how power ---- namely class, race, and gender power --- is reproduced in society, nationally and internationally, and how power affects the health and well-being of populations,
    • Discuss the causes of underdevelopment and the reasons for the growth in social inequalities, both worldwide and within nations.
  • Course Description

    Analyzes the politics of health policy according to the dictum of one of the founders of public health, R. Virchow, “Public Health is a Social Science and Politics is Public Health in its most profound sense.” Focuses on the political reasons for the underdevelopment of health and health care in the U.S. and in the world. Looks at how economic, social, and political power are reproduced through political institutions, and the consequences on the level of health and type of health care that countries have. Critiques the role of national and international agencies such as the WTO, World Bank, IMF, and WHO in facilitating and/or hindering development of health. Also focuses on U.S. governmental policies that diminish or increase the maldistribution of power outside and within the health sector.

  • Intended Audience

    Part-time MPH students and others interested in the topic

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Class participation and a final paper

    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

    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.