Description: Introduction to the PH systems and policy issues PH practitioners face. Overview of public health policy interventions, theoretical motivations, influence of the political, bureaucratic, and social environments in which policy decisions are made, and population health consequences of such decisions.
Description: This course analyzes the US policy process in relation to US healthcare and public health systems. We explore how conditions within society are framed as problems, how problems are placed on political agendas, how problems get matched with potential solutions, and pay attention to the challenges of implementation and evaluation.
Learning Objectives: Upon completing the class, students will be able to understand the public policy process as it relates to US healthcare and public health systems, and apply that understanding to:
-Identify a range of policy alternatives in response to a perceived problem in the healthcare or public health system;
-Evaluate policy alternatives using evidence;
-Recommend actions based on the evaluation of policy alternatives, and;
-Create strategies to communicate and promote a given policy alternative.
HMP622: Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research
Description: During the course, students will gain experience in creating a research plan, conducting interviews, analyzing interview data, and presenting their qualitative findings to an audience.
Course Goals: Understand how knowledge is generated from qualitative sources in public health and health services research; Evaluate qualitative research done by others in the discipline; Identify appropriate research methods and begin to design and conduct their own qualitative research projects on a basic level; Appreciate ethical questions raised by qualitative research and address them through research design.
Description: Policy requires politics: behind every positive or negative decision governments make, there are elected politicians, politically skilled officials, journalists, and other stakeholders. Understanding the world of politics is crucial to influencing and implementing policies for public health. Indeed, it is impossible to understand public health policy outside of its political context. This class presents the basic institutions and politics of contemporary public health policymaking through studies of institutions and contemporary policy debates. Through analysis of case studies including obesity, state health plans, smoking and pharmaceutical regulation, students will explore the influence of politics on the definitions and decisions of public health issues. They will leave the class with an understanding of how politics explains current public health policymaking debates and an improved ability to understand the politics of major public health policy issues.
This class can be taken as an elective, as a BIC requirement, or in fulfillment of the HMP law/politics requirement.