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Health Policy Analysis in Low and Middle income Countries

East Baltimore
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this course was held in a virtual/online format.
3rd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Wednesday, 3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Provides an overview of key political frameworks, models and theories related to the policy process, and offers practical perspectives on their application to health policy-making in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Analyzes political, bureaucratic and other influences on health policy-making. Introduces the main actors, processes and contextual features that are typical of policy development and implementation in low and middle income countries, and actors and processes at the global level that influence LMIC policy. Topics covered include models of the policy process; national policy-making dynamics, including the role of governmental, civil society and private sector actors; policy implementers and their role in shaping policy development; and global health governing institutions and their influence on national policy processes.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply key frameworks and models of the policy process to understanding health policy-making in LMICs
  2. Identify, describe and analyze common processes and actors involved in health policy development, with a particular focus on low and middle income countries
  3. Analyze factors shaping the effectiveness of national policy leadership in the health sector, and consider the need to respect national processes when working in low and middle income countries
  4. Identify and analyze strategies to promote successful policy development and implementation for a range of health policy issues
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Reflection
  • 35% Midterm Paper
  • 25% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
no undergraduates
Special Comments

Interested students must email instructor requesting consent. Priority will be given to students taking the course for letter grade.
MSPH Health Systems students are required to take this course.
Students are expected to do all the reading and participate in every session.