Global Health Policy
Johns Hopkins Researchers Identify Two Distinct Perspectives on Power Imbalances in the Field of Global Health
Connected to decolonizing health, there are current debates in global health concerning power imbalances between the global north and global south.
Johns Hopkins Researchers Receive Grant to Investigate Political Priority for Addressing Sexual Violence against Children
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health received a $770,000 grant from the Oak Foundation to investigate the generation of national political priority for addressing sexual violence against children.
Global Health Policy in the Health Systems Program
Our work on global health policy seeks to analyze the processes involved in policy development, both at the global level and within low- and middle-income countries. We apply theories and frameworks from political science, public administration and political economy to understand how power, in its many different forms, influences agenda setting, policy formulation and implementation—with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the interests of the poor and marginalized are represented in critical policy dialogues.
Our faculty conduct research on issues at the intersection of political science and global health, including the prioritization of different health issues on the political agenda, the role of the private sector, strengthening multi-sectoral collaboration towards positive health outcomes, policy advocacy in low-resource settings, donor-government relationships and donor transition, and the politics surrounding the adoption and implementation of controversial health policies.
Meet some of our global health policy faculty
Adam Koon, PhD, MPH, explores how policy can transform the messy exchange of ideas, words, and values into agreeable plans for a healthier and fairer world.
Daniela C. Rodríguez, DrPH, MPH, studies how politics, public health, and evidence intersect in policies that impact vulnerable communities around the world.
Yusra Shawar, PhD, MPH, studies the global governance of health and the politics of health policy processes in low- and middle-income countries.
Jeremy Shiffman, PhD, MA, a political scientist, researches the politics of health policy-making in low-income countries and in global health governance.
Examples of Latest Projects
Generating National Political Priority for Addressing Sexual Violence against Children: With funding from the Oak Foundation, faculty are leading a research project examining the generation of political priority for preventing and addressing child sexual abuse across six countries.
Strengthening the Effectiveness of National Children’s Care Systems: Political Analysis of Cambodia, Uganda and Zambia: With funding from the GHR Foundation, faculty are leading a set of studies examining the political, bureaucratic and economic forces shaping national children’s care systems in Cambodia, Uganda and Zambia—systems designed to protect children at risk.
Political Economy Analysis: Faculty in the Department of International Health and their partners conducted a problem-driven political economy analysis to understand how the local decision-making environment affects management and governance processes for health at the sub-national level in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.
Opioid Abatement Politics: Analyzing the Subnational Scramble for Settlement Funds: Recent legal settlements with opioid manufacturers, distributors, and retailers offer an unprecedented opportunity to relieve a public health crisis. Faculty are conducting research on the role of politics in allocating these new funds in the state of Colorado.
Featured Publications and Reports
Prioritizing rehabilitation in low- and middle-income country national health systems: A qualitative thematic synthesis and development of a policy framework
International Journal for Equity in Health | May 2023
From external to local: Opportunities and lessons learned from transitioning COMSA-Mozambique
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | May 2023
Why 'elevating country voice' is not decolonizing global health: A frame analysis of in-depth interviews
PLOS Global Public Health | February 2023
"It is like an umbrella covering you, yet it does not protect you from the rain": A mixed methods study of insurance affordability, coverage, and financial protection in rural western Kenya
International Journal for Equity in Health | February 2023
Understanding resilience, self-reliance and increasing country voice: A clash of ideologies in global health
BMJ Global Health | January 2023