Practical Skills Public Health Policy: General Principles Applied to Local Settings
Module PGZ2225 (1 ECTS) contains the practical Skills relevant for public health policy making and is linked with module PGZ2025 Public Health Policy. General principles applied to local settings. This module contains two practical skills trainings (Practicing policy making skills: part 4 and 5; parts 1 to 3 are part of the module itself, see module description of module PGZ2025).
Overall training coordinator is Dr. I. Houkes, department of Social Medicine, tel. 043-3882878, email Inge.Houkes@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
As a health promoter it is of great importance to develop specific skills that enable you to collaborate in teams. During all courses in the Bachelor’s Programme of Prevention and Health the topic of ‘collaboration’ will be highlighted. This will be done using different working formats, like training sessions, games and reflection assignments. In this course, training 4 is is about negotiation and collaboration skills in policy development. In this training students will practice negotiation skills (getting the best out for yourself). This training consists of a plenary introductory session and a practical session during which students will have the opportunity to practice their skills and receive feedback from their peers and a professional trainer. Requirements for this training are active attendance and good preparation. Students will receive a separate training manual for this training which also offers a toolkit to be used later in professional life.
Part 5 provides students with the opportunity to refine their individual (English) writing and MT&S skills. Students will write their own design paper for a public health policy evaluation. Students will be allowed to select a Public Health policy they consider relevant and interesting, and will be challenged to write a proposal for evaluating this policy (based on the knowledge they have acquired during module PGZ2025). Students will receive feedback on both the content of their proposal (by P&H staff members) and the use of English language (by staff member of the language Centre, most often native speakers). The (individual) paper of this training is part of the writing line.
This training consists of a plenary introductory session and individual writing, after which students will receive feedback. Requirements for this training are attendance at the introductory session and a pass (mark) for the paper.
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The formal objectives of this module are listed below:
With regard to communication, students can:
- collect stakeholder perspectives;
- negotiate and positively affect Public Health policy making;
- write papers and present the results of applying knowledge to policy theories and using policy tools.
With respect to learning skills, students have skills to:
- plan and evaluate their own work and learning processes;
- take care of their own quality control and professionalization;
- cooperate with stakeholders from other disciplines in the development, implementation and evaluation of Public Health policy;
- develop their (English) academic writing skills.
- Buse, K., Mays, N., Walt, G. (2012). Making health policy (2nd ed.). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. (E-book)
- Lewicki, R.J., Barry, B., & Saunders, D.M. (2007). Essentials of Negotiation. Boston: Mass.