Health Policy Decision-Making  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 220 [3 units]
Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussions per week.
Description: Introduction to federal-level health policy and analysis of government capacity in addressing major issues in health policy. The course explores structural impediments to reform in the US, regulatory decision-making -- particularly decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and basic tools of policy analysis. Students will apply these tools in a seminar paper that analyzes a proposed or existing health policy or program.
(F,SP) Sentell
 
Health Risk Assessment, Regulation, and Policy  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 220C [4 units]
Course Format: Four hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: 250A, 270A-270B recommended. Graduate standing.
Description: This course introduces the basic scientific components of environmental and occupational health risk assessment and describes the policy context in which decisions to manage environmental health risks are made. The course presents the quantitative methods used to assess the human health risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals, focusing on the four major components of risk assessment: hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. Students use these tools to develop their own risk assessment for an environmental health problem. The course also provides a broad overview of occupational and environmental health regulations with consideration of how hazard, risk, cost, and benefits are considered. Current political controversies about environmental policy will be examined.
(F) Hammond, McKone
 
Health Policy Advocacy  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 220D [3 units]
Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A graduate seminar in practice-based means to advocate for health policy. This course focuses on data based strategies using persuasive written and oral communication skills necessary to preserve and/or improve the health status of populations. Students will develop research, organization, and coalition-building skills necessary to produce an effective advocacy campaign. The course identifies the roles of those involved in the making of policy and demonstrates the use of appropriate channels and technologies to influence health policy change.
(F) Snyder
 
Global Health Policy  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 220E [2,3 units]
Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: This course will provide an intensive introduction to current topics in international health policy. Students in the course will become familiar with the major actors, institutions, and regimes that shape international health policy. The course will also introduce students to theories of governance as they apply to international settings and evaluate the relative roles of state actors, NGOs, and international regimes in producing key health policy outcomes. The course will cover several current issues in international health and will require students to critically assess the state of policy with respect to these issues. Using Bardach's method for policy analysis, students will analyze current policies and propose policy alternatives with an assessment of the tradeoffs implied in choosing a given policy option over its competitors.
(F) Keller
 
Health Workforce and Public Policy  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 220F [2 units]
Course Format: Two hours of lecture/discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: This course focuses on three interrelated issues: How do we determine when we have too many or too few health care workers to provide high quality and cost effective care? What are the factors that determine the supply and distribution of health care workers? What are the methods that can be used to increase the performance and productivity of health care workers? We will review recent evidence on the supply, quality, and cost of the health workforce in California, the U.S., and globally. Approaches to the public and private financing of medical education will also be analyzed. This course is taught in a seminar format with lectures, visiting speakers, and student presentations.
(F) Scheffler
 
Politics, Policy, and Democracy in Environmental Health  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 220G [3 units]
Course Format: Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: This course provides an intensive introduction to environmental health policy in the United States and emphasizes the respective roles of science, policy, and politics in shaping environmental health protection. Students who complete this course will understand the basic tools for gaining policy leverage over environmental health problems and be able to critically assess the capacity of public institutions to address key environmental health issues.
(F) Keller
 


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