Courses Taught by Jenifer Martin

PUBHLTH411: Making Change: Experiential Learning in Effective Public Health Policy Advocacy

  • Undergraduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Martin, Jenifer Staff
  • Prerequisites: No enforced prereq. This course is a corequisite to PUBHLTH 410 - students who elect this course must also be enrolled in PUBHLTH 410.
  • Description: In this course, students will apply knowledge obtained in Professor Wolfson's course to a current state policy issue pending in Lansing. Students will gain strong written and verbal communication skills by developing an advocacy strategy, preparing written materials, and meeting with policymakers in Lansing to advance their policy goal.
  • Course Goals: Provide experiential skill-building in executing advocacy strategies that advance public health goals and policies to policy and other decision makers.
  • Competencies: Health Communication: Illustrate the basic concepts of effective and persuasive public health communication through multiple modalities, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Appraise the political landscape and stakeholders that are important for making policy change on a given public health topic. 2. Apply principles of policy-making, policy change theory, and policy advocacy to real life public health problems. 3. Effectively advocate for public health change at the local, state and federal level. 4. Develop strong written and verbal communication skills. 5. Define and frame public health problems in such a way that inspires policy change. 6. Analyze the legislative, administrative and judicial intervention points for policymaking and identify where to effectively target advocacy efforts. 7. Identify and evaluate advocacy strategies, such as coalition building, grassroots engagement, and paid and earned media outreach, in order to create specific advocacy campaigns. 8. Develop personal and communication skills to effectively translate and advocate for public health improvements to policymakers, the press and the public.

PUBHLTH513: Public Health Systems, Policy and Management

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Singh, Simone Rubyan, Michael Lee, Shoou-Yih Daniel Martin, Jenifer
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH Students Only
  • This course is Both Residential and Online
  • Description: This course will introduce students to the public health system, public health policy development, and fundamental management concepts for managing public health organizations. Topics covered include organization, financing and history of public health, public health policy-making, advocacy, and basic principles of finance and human resource management in public health organizations.
  • Course Goals: (1) Students should be able to describe and compare the organization and financing of public health, health care, and regulatory systems and explain the history and core functions of public health. (2) Students should be able to discuss the public health policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence. (3) Students should be able to propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes. (4) Students should be able to advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations. (5) Students should be able to explain basic principles of financial management for public health organizations and apply tools of budget and financial management. (6) Students should be able to describe the importance of human resources and people management and apply negotiation and mediation skills to address interpersonal and interorganizational challenges.
  • Competencies: C5: Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings C10: Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management C12: Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence C13: Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes C14: Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations C17: Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Learning Objectives: (1) Students should be able to describe how public health and health care are organized and financed in the United States. (2) Students should be able to provide a brief history of public health. (3) Students should be able to explain key aspects of health care reform. (4) Students should be able to describe the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services. (5) Students should be able to describe the importance of financial and human resource management in public health and health care organizations (6) Students should be able to apply negotiation and mediation skills to address interpersonal and interorganizational challenges. (7) Students should be able to discuss the format and use of different types of budgets, prepare simple operating budgets and conduct variance analysis. (8) Students should be able to discuss the public health policy-making process. (9) Students should be able to describe the role of ethics in policy making. (10) Students should be able to advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations. (11) Students should be able to propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes. (12) Students should be able to write and deliver effective testimony.