Global Health Policy Development and Advocacy

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


Learning objectives

1. Analyze health policy issues using a framework that integrates empirical evidence and values (global, national, and local); 2. Identify and use appropriate tools to advocate for policy changes; 3. Identify key stakeholders (international, national, and local) in policy issues and describe their respective roles in whether and how those issues are resolved; 4. Describe current trends in health system reform globally and the challenges and opportunities those trends present; 5. Describe the major issues concerning health policy faced by developing countries and policy options for addressing those issues; 6. Make effective oral and written presentations on global health policy issues; and 7. Work effectively in teams to understand and analyze policy issues.

Major topics covered

In this class, we will explore the complex array of factors that affect the implementation of public health interventions through the public policy process. We will examine how context (e.g., ideology, culture, and history) influences the structure of and changes to a nation's health system and its ability to improve the health of its citizenry. And we will examine how international institutions (both formal and informal) affect the provision, financing, structure, and success of health and health services. 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. You will also develop a familiarity with some of the current issues and controversies in global health policy. This class is the third in an integrated three course sequence that focuses on preparing health professionals in the public, private, academic, and donor sectors to transform organizations, systems, and environments to achieve health for all.

Teaching formats

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

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