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Spring 2019 Courses — Public Policy Program 

PUPOL 100: Introduction to Public Policy

PUPOL 100 is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to basic concepts in policy studies. It is taught by faculty from different disciplines. It will acquaint students with public policy as a field of study, the basic elements of the policy-making process, and a variety of approaches for applying distinct modes of analysis (political, economic, demographic, statistical, qualitative, normative). In addition to a textbook and select articles that have defined the field, the course uses practical case studies that address a range of policy problems. This course is open to students who declare the Public Policy Minor.

Section 1: Monday/Thursday 1:10-2:25pm with Joyce Miller


PUPOL 400: Public Policy Capstone Seminar (2 sections)

Roosevelt House’s Public Policy Capstone course serves as the culminating educational experience for students pursuing the 18-credit Public Policy Minor and/or 27-credit certificate. During this semester-long seminar, each student develops a substantive project that integrates the practical skills and topical knowledge learned in the Public Policy Program. The Capstone presents students the opportunity to go in-depth with real-world policy questions and ideas, with the aim of discovering, developing, and refining individual policy interests and goals.

Section 1: Wednesday, 10:10-1:00pm with Shyama Venkateswar, Director, Public Policy Program and Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College

Section 2: Wednesday, 10:10-1:00pm with Robin Templeton


GEOG38311: Health Equity in the United States: Policies and Politics

This course will explore how to transform the current federal, state, and local regulatory and operational framework from one that focuses on “sick care” to one that keeps patients and their communities healthy. The emphasis will be on integrating the “social context,” i.e. social determinants of health into care delivery, and developing policies that blend public health, health care, and human services to address the whole patient. The course will also consider how best to align incentives for patients, payers (commercial and government), care providers, community-based organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. Case studies will examine vulnerable communities, including those who are homeless, involved in the criminal justice system, and undocumented immigrants.

Section 1: Wednesday, 9:10-12:00pm with Ram Raju, MD, Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer, Northwell Health


URBS403.1O: Research Practicum: Income Inequality and Poverty in New York City and the United States

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop their ability to conduct data analysis. Prerequisites for the course are introductory courses in micro-economics and statistics. Students will learn how to work with large micro-data sets using SPSS or STATA. Students will also further their expertise in statistical methods. In addition to these “nuts and bolts” skills, students will grapple with the challenges of interpreting the results of data analysis. What can a researcher responsibly claim his or her analysis has established?

Section 1: Tuesday, 4:10-7:00pm with Eri Noguchi, Chief Program Officer, Association to Benefit Children


MEDIA399.19: Changing Media Landscape: United States Policy and Politics

The splintering of the Old Guard media establishment, the ascent of social and non-traditional media platforms, and the ever-changing, 24/7 news cycle has fundamentally transformed the American political landscape and the way Americans digest and analyze the news. This course will serve as an introduction to these dramatic shifts that have reshaped American politics and how public officials communicate and implement policy. Using key moments since 9/11 as the narrative framework for the course, from Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis to Obamacare and the election of President Trump, the course will survey and analyze the media’s impact on American politics. The course will also examine the fundamental question: what’s next? This course will focus on critical thinking about the state of our Democracy and which technologies and communications tools will play a central role in the upcoming political and policy debates.

Section 1: Monday, 4:10-7:00pm with Rob O’Donnell, Founder, 38 Paces


ECO395.99: Demography and Economic Policy: United States Policy and Politics

A general introduction to economic demography, addressing the following kinds of questions: What are the economic consequences of immigration to the U.S.? Will industrial nations be able to afford the health and pension costs of the aging populations? How has the size of the baby boom affected its economic wellbeing? Why has fertility been high in Third World countries? In industrial countries, why is marriage postponed, divorce high, fertility so low, and extramarital fertility rising? What are the economic and environmental consequences of rapid population growth?

Section 1: Thursday, 4:10-7:00pm with Monica Deza, Assistant Professor of Economics


NFS 36100: Food and the Consumer

This course is a broad introduction to food policy, which includes written laws and regulations, as well as the decisions and actions by government agencies, institutions, organizations, industries, and consumers that influence the production, distribution and consumption of food.

Section 1: Thursday, 4:10-6:40pm with Charles Platkin, Executive Director, New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College