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Public Health Policy

East Baltimore
Summer Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 9:00 - 10:50am
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Introduces MPH students to the many opportunities in public health policy to improve the health of populations in communities around the world using COVID-19 as a case study. Focuses on identifying decision-makers, framing problems and key questions, developing and evaluating policy options, and advocating for change. Also provides an introduction to some major policy challenges facing public health, such as injury, tobacco, nutrition, addiction, and violence.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognize the power of different types of public health policies to improve health and save lives
  2. Identify and describe the role of key decision-makers for specific policy issues
  3. Define policy questions in a way that evidence and ethics can be brought to bear on designing response options
  4. Assess policies using multiple criteria (including cost, equity, cultural values and practices, and impact) and recommend preferred policies based on this assessment
  5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across local, national, and international settings
  6. Advocate to improve political, social, and economic policies that will improve health in diverse populations
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Activities
  • 70% Assignments
Enrollment Restriction
undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section