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Health Advocacy

2nd Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Introduction to Online Learning

Prepares health professionals, (from government health officials, business leaders, non-profit organization representatives to scientists) to advance public health policy improvements. Uses lectures, group exercises, and a "mock" congressional hearing, to develop the skills to evaluate the policymaking process, create opportunities to inform and influence policymaking, and become more effective in translating and communicating in a policymaking environment.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Assess a public health problem and determine tactically when to solve the problem with policy strategies versus behavioral education
  2. Analyze the legislative, administrative and judicial intervention points for policymaking and identify where to effectively target advocacy efforts
  3. Identify and evaluate advocacy strategies, such as coalitions, grassroots, and paid and earned media outreach, in order to create specific advocacy campaigns
  4. Dissect policy-oriented communications and develop personal skills to effectively translate and advocate for public health improvements to policymakers, the press and the public
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 80% Assignments
  • 20% Participation