GLHLTH 755: Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action

Spring 2021

Instructor: Gavin Yamey

This course will provide an in-depth inquiry on how to narrow the gap between global health evidence and practical action and policy making on the ground, with examination of the complex ways in which global health policies are formed, shaped and implemented. It will explore how key actors in global health can be identified, and how their power and influence can be analyzed, while being cognizant of the contextual factors and processes that affect policymaking. It will cover top-down, bottom-up and mixed approaches to actual implementation of global health policies; the relationship between researchers and policymakers; and theories, tools and frameworks for becoming a “policy entrepreneur” able to bridge the research-to-policy divide. The course will call on case studies and case-based competition.