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Social Policy (S40)  (Dept. Info)Social Work and Public Health  (Policies)

S40 SWSP 5603MSP Short Course: HIV Policy: How Advocacy has the Power to Save Lives3.0 Units
Description:Priority is given to MSP students. Space permitting, MSW and MPH students may enroll for elective credit. This course deeply examines HIV policy and advocacy, particularly with a focus on how federal HIV legislation impacts state-level laws and regulations, and how those federal and state policies impact the actual lives of people living with HIV. We will explore the evolution of the Ryan White CARE Act and the Ending the HIV Epidemic plan designed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to better understand past and present states of HIV policy. While the course will focus on U.S. domestic policy, global contexts and initiatives such as PEPFAR will be discussed to provide a comprehensive picture of how U.S. policy priorities impact the globe and vice-versa. Through short assignments focused on practical application, students will learn and apply advocacy strategies spearheaded by HIV-impacted communities that are designed to improve HIV policies and how to utilize research and creative tactics to save lives and increase access to care. Direct engagement with HIV advocates, researchers, and others will allow students to gain an understanding of the complexities of public health policy, including ethical issues presented by the unintended consequences HIV-specific policies, including criminalization, molecular surveillance, and how racism impacts equitable policy and implementation.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
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