300.843.51 | AY 2013-2014 - Winter I Term | 2 Credit(s)
ThF 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Shelley Hearne
    Desmond Flagg
  • Course Learning Objectives

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • analyze different techniques for policy advocacy;
    • assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options in the context of political, social, administrative, legal and fiscal factors;
    • formulate effective fact-based arguments, reports and presentations for policy positions.
  • Course Description
    Examines how well-translated facts, information and science can still play an important, influential role in policymaking debates where partisan gridlock and hyperbole limit progress. Through case studies and expert lectures we examine how to target and advance evidence-based policy positions. Using class exercises, students hone skills for effectively communicating fact-based information through both oral and written materials.
  • Intended Audience

    Students interested in Health Advocacy.

  • Methods of Assessment
    20% Class participation; 40% 3-5 page policy brief; and 40% Concept paper for an evidence based earned-media report on policy position.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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    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.

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