308.602.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Colleen Barry
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • To introduce students to the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the US
    • To explore the role of politics in health policy formulation, implementation and analysis
    • To provide students with practical experience with issue advocacy, policy framing and political strategy in an applied context
  • Course Description
    Students explore the key political dimensions of the health policymaking process in the United States. Examines the roles of government institutions and political actors both inside and outside government in developing and implementing health policy. Uses past and present health care debates to illustrate concepts, theories and frameworks discussed in class. Students acquire an understanding of the political processes in which health policies are considered, and gain practical experience executing political strategies in the context of health policy campaigns. An optional doctoral level health politics “journal club” lab is available to students.
  • Intended Audience
    HPM PhD and MSPH in health policy students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on two written assignments and a final examination.
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    No textbook is assigned for this course. Readings will be available through the course website and through the e-Reserves system.

  • 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(from old syllabus)

    Course TAs:

    Marian Jarlenski, MPH
    Office: HH 405

    Patti Truant, MPH, CPH


    Office: HH 509

  • Disability Support Services
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