Master of Health Studies (MHST) 605
Demystifying Policy Analysis and Development
This course will focus on analysis and development of public policy; a process necessary before planning, managing, and evaluating actions for change. The interface between policy and decision-making, the implications of policies formed at different levels of government or an institution, as well as ways to argue for a position and to communicate policy information are all content of this course.
MHST/NURS 605 is designed to assist the student to:
- describe the nature of a problem for which a policy solution is sought
- choose from various courses of action to solve problems
- understand the potential outcomes of various courses of action
- link outcomes to problem solutions
- anticipate outcomes for alternative courses of actions
- monitor the outcomes of policy choice
- argue for, communicate about, and “sell” policy choices.
MHST/NURS 605 comprises both online and print-based course materials.
- Introduction: Provides essential information about the course materials, the design of the course, and the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.
- Schedule: Outlines the timing of course activities.
- Units: There are 8 units in this course.
- Assessment: Outlines the assignments/evaluation procedures of the course.
- Reference: Listing of required readings, websites, and citations included in the units.
Dunn, W. N. (2012). Public Policy Analysis: An introduction (5th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.
- Unit 1: Is a Policy Needed?
- Unit 2: Structuring Policy Problems
- Unit 3: Forecasting Policy Outcomes
- Unit 4: Recommending Preferred Policies
- Unit 5: Monitoring Preferred Policy Outcomes
- Unit 6: Evaluating Policy Performance
- Unit 7: Developing Policy Arguments
- Unit 8: Communicating Policy Analysis and Wrap-Up
In the MHS and MN:Gen programs, students must achieve an overall program GPA of 2.7 ( B- or 70 percent), to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for each MHS and MN:Gen course is C- (60 percent).
The following course activities will contribute to your course grade, with the percentage weighting of each activity as follows:
|Assignment 1 - Policy Argumentation
|Assignment 2 - Policy Structuring
|Assignment 3 - Executive Briefing Note
|Assignment 4 - Tools/methods Presentation
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.