380.771.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
M 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Duff Gillespie
    Beth Fredrick
    Laura Hinson
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to policy analysis and issues in reproductive health, especially international family planning. Students learn how to analyze policy-making processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy. Focuses on training in the Spitfire Strategies Smart Chart™ approach to advocacy. Uses case studies to analyze policies. Special focus is given to FP2020, the international initiative launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The instructor presents an “insider’s” perspective for most cases and draws heavily on the Advance Family Planning, an evidence-based, multi-country advocacy project.
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Analyze the reproductive health policies making process of the United States government, the United Nations, and selected developing countries;
    • Analyze how reproductive health policies affect programmatic and budgetary decisions;
    • Explain how reproductive health policies are different from other health and development policies
    • Identify external factors that influence the reproductive health policy making process and its implementation
    • Develop an advocacy plan for influencing the reproductive health policy process
    • Develop evidence-based messages designed to influence policy makers
  • Intended Audience
    Master's and Doctoral level students
  • Methods of Assessment


    The grading in this course is based on individual participation and individual written assignments.

    • Course participation (20 percent)

                  Includes weekly non-graded quiz, attendance, and participation in discussions

    • Briefer (30 percent)
    • Spitfire Smart Chart™ report for a developing country advocacy issue (50 percent)
  • Assignment Descriptions and Guidelines


    Note: For both the Briefer and Spitfire Smart Chart™ report, students will choose from the below issues and countries.  It is not required to use the same issue and/or country for both assignments, though such an approach may be to your advantage.

    Issue Options:

    • Task sharing/shifting
    • Advocacy issues related to decentralization
    • Funding

    Country Options: Burkina Faso, DRC, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

  • Policy on Late Assignments


    A letter grade will be deducted from the final project grade of any assignment turned in past its deadline.  If a student has personal issues of concern, s/he should discuss with course faculty in advance of the deadline.

  • 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.

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.