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Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century

Course Status

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, 9:00 - 10:20am
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
Students learn how policymakers interact with stakeholders and use evidence to help shape the laws that govern societies.
Considers theories, strategies, and participants involved in formulating health and social policies. Discusses defining health and social problems, selecting and assessing policy options, and the role of stakeholders in policy process, as well as the context in which policy decisions are made. Analyzes case studies, discusses theories, participates in service-learning projects and writing exercises.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate policy solutions to health and social problems
  2. Assess policy options to address a defined problem
  3. Identify the role of government in policy formulation
  4. Assess the feasibility of translating a good policy idea into a viable policy option
  5. Explain how policy makers and other stakeholders interact in the context of formulating policy
  6. Define the role of academic researchers in policy making
  7. Examines how policy has addressed health and social problems
  8. Write more effectively for a policy audience
  9. Apply skills and knowledge about policy formulation to advance health and social policy initiatives
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Written Assignment(s)
  • 40% Final Assignment
  • 10% Participation
Enrollment Restriction
undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section