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.
Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
Description: This course is about the health policies and debates of the rich democracies. It should (1) furnish students with the basic language and toolkit of comparative health policy analysis and (2) introduce students to the comparative analysis of issues in health policy and management.
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.
Prerequisites: [PUBHLTH 200; (C- or better) & Junior or Senior Standing] or Public Health Major
Description: This course introduces students to strategies as well as best practices and challenges in translating strategies into public health policies, programs and practices. This course provides an overview of stakeholders who create, enact, and assess health promotion strategies. Students will identify, define and evaluate strategies to address public health issues.
Learning Objectives: 1. Explain the process for tailoring intervention messages based on the specific audiences, content and media channels
2. Discuss the legal, ethical and economic implications of public health policies and interventions
3. Describe principles of planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs and interventions
4. Compare and contrast the roles of various policy-forming bodies (agencies, organizations, governments) in public health promotion
5. Explore various conceptualizations of effectiveness with regard to public health strategies