University of South Carolina: Arnold School of Public Health

Public Health Policy and Advocacy

This is an intermediate course offering CPH — Free
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This course provides an overview of issues surrounding advocacy and policy development. Specifically, it examines how to apply advocacy and agenda setting principles in public policy making. The course also explains the relevant legislative and regulatory processes. Overall, this course will increase your familiarity with public health policy, interpretation, and public health decision making.

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

It is highly recommended that you take Evidence-Based Public Health: Planning and Evaluation

What You'll Learn

  • Describe the role of policy in public health.
  • Describe the role of evidence-based public health in policymaking.
  • Describe root cause analysis.
  • Describe criteria for evaluating policy alternatives.
  • Describe a framework for planning an advocacy campaign.
  • Describe components an effective advocacy message.
  • Describe elements of digital media advocacy.

Competency Terms

Policy Development & Support
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Strategic Planning
Policy, Program, & Service Development
Policy, Program, & Service Implementation
External Policies, Programs, & Services
Community Input
Information Dissemination
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Partner Collaboration
Community Engagement
Advocacy for Public Health

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Educator
Health Officer
Other Management & Leadership
Other Professional
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Agency Director
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
Develop community partnerships
Serve on committees, boards, or task forces
Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Develop public policy or regulations
Plan public health programs