Health Policy Development

Category: Policy analysis,
Institution:University of Washington
Country: United States
Region: Americas
Language: English
Audience: Masters Students,


Learning objectives

1. Identify and discuss the historical, social, cultural, economic, and political context of a public policy issue 2. Identify and apply the tools of public policy and analyze options for using them to address specific public policy issues 3. Identify and analyze stakeholders, their interests, and their potential to influence policy changes in relationship to specific policy issues. 4. Analyze and discuss the important roles of science and values in choosing a course of public policy action 5. Present concise analyses of public policy issues both orally and in writing. 6. Work effectively in teams to analyze policy issues.


Major topics covered

In this class, we will explore the complex array of factors that affect public policy by studying contemporary health policy issues. We will examine how science and community values intertwine in health policy development, how context (e.g., ideology, culture, and history) influence the structure and changes to a nation’s health system, and how international treaties and relationships can affect health and health services. We will also discuss the important relationship between how a society measures success, its public policies, and how it allocates and distributes resources. You will learn about health policy development in this class through a combination of methods, including case studies, problem based learning (PBL), small and large group discussions, group projects, role plays, and written and oral presentations … your learning will be largely through processes of self-discovery. This course includes few traditional lectures

Teaching formats

Classroom lectures, small group discussions, case studies, group projects, independent reading, simulations, flipped classrooms

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