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Applied Health Policy Institute




The Applied Health Policy Institute serves as a bridge between academic scholarship on the one hand and policy-related activities as they are happening within real-world systems and political contexts. We aim to translate public health expertise into policy and train public health students with skills they can use to engage in policy activities both during school and when they become professionals.

What We Do


Education Research Expertise Connection

Classes, internships, and continuing education

Research, publications, and resources examining public health policy at state, regional, and national levels

Policy and legal analysis to translate public health information and ideas into real policy change

Collaborative projects with external partners


Courses Offered


PHP 440/540 Medicaid: Policy, Politics, and Practicalities of Access to Healthcare
This course is part of a larger project called The Medicaid Project. It covers history, laws, examples of state Medicaid program innovation, the perspective of end-users, and how all of this is managed in a political environment. Students have the option to participate in lectures and discussions in real time via Zoom or watch recorded class sessions. Modules are interactive and encourage critical thinking and analysis. Students will hear from expert guest speakers and discuss how course subjects relate to current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.


PHP 447/547 Case Studies in State Health Policy
This course provides students from colleges across the university the opportunity to participate in public policy. Each student is partnered with an external stakeholder of their choice and contributes to that organization’s efforts through a legislative session. In addition to work with their community partners, students learn about key aspects of policymaking and complete assignments examining various aspects of their chosen issue area.



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