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Prospective policy analysis for health policy and systems research: methods and applications

Course Status

Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 13, 2022
End Date
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, 8:00 - 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
One Year Only
Have you wished you could be more agile in analyzing policy-relevant data? Are you seeking to engage with policy-makers in real-time and be more responsive to answering their current questions to support policy monitoring and decision-making? Are you interested in strengthening your skills to analyze publicly available policy documentation (e.g. meeting minutes) or public engagement (e.g. public comments or social media)? This course introduces learners to natural language processing and data science techniques to prepare learners to be more agile and to have the tools to support the use of evidence in policy making through policy monitoring and the analysis of evolving secondary data.
Introduces learners to tools and methods to facilitate aspects of real-time policy analysis (from agenda setting, policy formulation, to policy implementation) and supports them to think through and plan to conduct a prospective policy analysis to a current public health problem, as well as to identify ways of engaging with the policy making process for the identified problem.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the purpose and role of prospective policy analysis in the broader health policy analysis domain
  2. Identify qualitative and quantitative techniques to conduct prospective policy analysis
  3. Develop a protocol for applying prospective policy analysis to a relevant problem
  4. Identify mechanisms to integrate the results of prospective policy analysis in the policy-making cycles
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Participation
  • 50% Assignments
  • 25% Final Presentation
Special Comments

This course will have a co-instructors and a guest lecturer from non-JHSPH institutions. All external faculty have considerable experience in the policy sphere, as well as in teaching and researching health policy analysis. A formal appointment will be sought out for the faculty that will engage in significant teaching for this course.

This course will be offered online - in the first year, we plan on offering synchronous lectures. In subsequent years, we will explore recording some of the material so that it can be viewed asynchronously.