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Lena Nachand, Aaron Katz and Amy Hagopian
The policy block is a cornerstone of COPHP experience. For 10 weeks at the
beginning of the second year of the program, students engage in public discussions
across all spectrums of the social determinants of health and such non-traditional public
health topics as free trade and nuclear waste disposal. During this block, students work
through real-life scenarios and participate in actual policy development. They benefit
from the close relationships the program maintains with non-profit organizations, and
the work they have conducted under their auspices during the policy block has been
well-received and influential. In the course of community-based projects, students work
in concert with local stakeholders and public policy makers. By the end of the block,
students have learned the basic concepts, analytical tools, and skills for policy analysis,
development, and advocacy, and some have also developed the inclination to pursue
public health policy careers.
Advocacy, Analytic tools, Conflict, Context, Cultural framework,
Delivery, Financing, Health policy, Policy, Policy analysis, Political framework,
Public policy, Stakeholder, Values.
University of Washington School of Public Health Seattle, WA, USA.