410.668.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
F 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Joanna Cohen
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Explain and critically evaluate the major theoretical frameworks used to analyze policy change
    • Discuss the major influences that determine which interventions are chosen and implemented
    • Describe the major policy tools and players involved in developing and implementing policy interventions to support health behavior change and improve health
    • Identify the key factors that affect the successful implementation of policy interventions
    • Describe primary approaches used to evaluate policy interventions
  • Course Description
    Examines the major theoretical frameworks (e.g., policy streams, advocacy coalition framework, punctuated equilibrium theory, ambiguity-conflict model) relevant to the development, enactment, implementation and evaluation of policy interventions that support health behavior change. Explores the roles of ideas, interests, institutions and key actors in the policy process. Discusses how the environment can be influenced to improve the chances of implementing effective interventions to improve the public’s health. Includes case studies from the areas of tobacco control, alcohol, HIV/AIDS, obesity/physical activity, and other health topics to critically explore the strengths and limitations of policy change theories as they relate to current hot topics in the area of health, behavior and society.
  • Intended Audience
    Graduate students interested in policy interventions to health behavior change at the population level
  • Methods of Assessment
    30% brief written report; 20% reading assignment; 50% final paper
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    There is no textbook for this course. Required and recommended readings will be provided on Course Plus.

  • 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
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