Pedagogy Fellow, 2020-2021


HPM 213: Public Health Law

Spring 2020, Spring 2021

The course is designed to provide students with an overview of what public health law is; why it matters to public health practitioners and providers; how the law can be used to change health outcomes; and how the law can negatively affect population health. Among the questions explored are: 1. What authority does the government have to regulate in the interest of public health? 2. How are individual rights balanced against this authority? 3. How can criminal statutes, civil litigation, and patent law be used to promote or negatively affect public health? The course investigates these issues as they operate a range of specific contexts in public health and medical care, including the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, influencing health behaviors that lead to obesity, rights to medical care, reproductive health, and lawsuits against tabacco and gun companies. The course touches on constitutional law, criminal law, tort law, and intellectual property law. Instruction is through interactive lectures with significant amount of class discussion. Most classes will revolve around two to three legal cases.

Teaching assistant for Dr. Ameet Sarpatwari


GHP 269: The Political Economy of Global Health

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020

This course presents theoretical perspectives, empirical cases and research issues in policy analysis and political economy in global health. The focus is on analytical and methodological issues. The main purpose is to examine the political economy constraints on national and global health initiatives, the role of international agencies, the impact of non-governmental organizations, and the role of the state.

Teaching assistant for Dr. Jesse Bump


SW 24: Is Globalization Good or Bad for World Health?

Spring 2019

Three extraordinary changes in the world present both risks and opportunities to health—unprecedented interconnections across borders, rapidly shifting population dynamics, and changing epidemiological patterns. This course will challenge your assumptions about the world’s populations and broaden your perspectives about how health relates to sustainable development. We will explore the most important health challenges of our times, and analyze the influence of social, political, and environmental determinants on health, including transnational risks. Acknowledging that 21st challenges cannot be solved by any single discipline, sector or nation, we will consider solutions from a variety of perspectives, drawing on contributions from health and non-health sector, and actions at the local, national and global levels.  By the end of the course, you will have a toolbox of approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, that will equip you to thoughtfully analyze and contextualize 21st century global challenges, and to formulate your own opinion about the question – is globalization good or bad for global health?

Teaching assistant for Dr. Sue Goldie


GHP 212: Political Economy of Health Sector Reform

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020

This seminar examines how political economy influences the health outcomes and the performance of health systems, with a focus on developing countries. The course begins with a review of several key theories and concepts in political economy, focusing on the strategic interactions between politics and economics in health systems. We examine concepts such as "path dependency" to help understand why some policies and institutions are difficult to change; how political institutions like the type of regime (i.e. degree of democracy or authoritarianism) structure political participation and  influence  health reforms; and how variation in "state capacity" shapes the ability of countries to implement complex reforms. We show how these theories and concepts can be applied to explain past events and how by taking into account political and economic constraints, they can be used to design more successful programs and health reforms. We review different empirical methods, including quantitative/causal inference and comparative case study methods and use them to test and extend theory. Theories of policy reform are applied to cases such as health sector reform in Mexico and Ghana and other countries based on student interests. The course involves a critical review of theories and the empirical academic literature in order to develop a political economy analysis of a health reform in a country selected by each student. The course is open to doctoral and masters students with a basic understanding of the political economy literature on health systems and interest in applied and academic research. The course builds on materials taught in GHP 244, GHP 269, and GHP 270.

Teaching assistant for Dr. Kevin Croke


GHP 244: Health Sector Reform: A Worldwide Perspective

Fall 2019

This course is designed to give students an in depth understanding of health systems, and processes to reform them, using examples from middle and low-income countries. It presents two of the leading analytical frameworks for the analysis of health systems: the Harvard/World Bank “Flagship Approach” and the WHO “Building Blocks” approach.  It first focuses on the broad objectives of health systems in these two approaches and presents some of the matrixes used to measure them.  It also provides analytical tools for addressing ethical and political issues about health reform.  It introduces the concepts of “control knobs” and “building blocks” for developing appropriate options to reform the systems in policy areas of financing (including tax and insurance based systems), payments to providers, organizational changes like decentralization and use of private sector, as well as human resources strategies and technological transitions. The course involves case studies, class discussion and lectures, and review of academic literature and international and governmental reports.   The mid-term and final papers provide guidance in making strong analytical and logical arguments to apply the framework concepts to the health system of a country chosen by each student.

Teaching assistant for Dr. Thomas Bossert