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Organizing for Public Health with the Six Steps to Effective Advocacy: Turning Public Will into Public Policy

Course Status

East Baltimore
3rd Term
Health, Behavior and Society
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, 5:30 - 6:50pm
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
Legislative advocacy is a critical tool for advancing public health. A policy proposal may be well researched and desired by the public, but stall when opposed by highly financed special interest groups. Tired of beating your head against the wall trying to make people well in a broken system? Take this course and learn how to change the system.
Provides students with the tools needed to establish a state advocacy campaign that can help translate research and public health knowledge into public programs and policies. Learns the basics of public health organizing and advocacy, as well as develop the communication skills needed to inform policymaking and directly participate in the legislative process. Follows the framework of the Six Steps to Effective Advocacy, enabling students to make meaningful change in state legislatures and effectively engage in public health advocacy.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the purpose and use of policy in the field of public health
  2. Identify the Six Steps to Effective Advocacy and know how to apply them to public health campaigns
  3. Utilize existing knowledge in research and public health to inform and advance relevant policy
  4. Utilize advocacy strategies, such as coalition building, engaging the media, and elevating public health issues in elections
  5. Apply skills to directly engage in effective public health policy, including: an understanding of the legislative process; how to interact with legislators, the media, and stakeholders; and how to write and deliver testimony
  6. Appraise the political landscape that surrounds issues, both in public opinion and in state legislatures
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Participation
  • 35% Assignments
  • 25% Final Project
  • 10% Peer-feedback