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Global Health Policy


Admission requirements

No required courses, but completion of at least one 100-level GPH course is recommended.


This course gives students an in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of contemporary global health policy issues and actors. A range of actors from governments, multi-lateral organizations, civil society and the private sector are involved in agenda-setting in global health. To understand how people’s health and wellbeing are shaped by global health policy we need to examine the interplay between these different actors.

In the field of global health policy, there are a multitude of complex political and socio-economic dynamics and a certain level of uncertainty that makes predicting outcomes of particular problems difficult. Yet decisions still need to be made based on the evidence at hand. Providing good analysis that is data-driven and technically sound is an important part of the political process. Complex health policy problems facing policy makers will be discussed. Over the block, we will examine how and why policies are developed and how the role of research, development of evidence and measurement strategies inform the health policymaking process.

Course Objectives


  • Describe the major perspectives and methods used to analyse health care policy

  • Discuss how policy both creates and solves public health problems

  • Describe the policy process for improving the health status of populations


  • Utilize theories of policy making to address global health challenges

  • Assess health policy problems and health policy-related research.

  • Practice good teamwork

  • Effectively community your ideas and arguments in writing and presentations


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2020-2021 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Student Lead Discussion
Videos and Podcasts
Case Studies
Guest Speakers

Assessment Method

  • Radio Play (20%)

  • Stakeholder Analysis (15%)

  • Short-Essay Assignment (25)%)

  • Script (40%)

Reading list

  • Walt, Gill. "Health Policy: An Introduction to Process and Power." (1994).

  • Other readings made available via Brightspace


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Dr. Jyothi Thrivikraman,