Practice-based teaching for health policy action and advocacy

Public Health Rep. 2008;123 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):65-70. doi: 10.1177/00333549081230S209.


The Institute of Medicine has issued numerous reports calling for the public health workforce to be adept in policy-making, communication, science translation, and other advocacy skills. Public health competencies include advocacy capabilities, but few public health graduate institutions provide systematic training for translating public health science into policy action. Specialized health-advocacy training is needed to provide future leaders with policy-making knowledge and skills in generating public support, policy-maker communications, and policy campaign operations that could lead to improvements in the outcomes of public health initiatives. Advocacy training should draw on nonprofit and government practitioners who have a range of advocacy experiences and skills. This article describes a potential model curriculum for introductory health-advocacy theory and skills based on the course, Health Advocacy, a winner of the Delta Omega Innovative Public Health Curriculum Award, at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning
  • Consumer Advocacy* / education
  • Education, Public Health Professional*
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Policy Making*
  • Problem-Based Learning*
  • Public Health / education*
  • Schools, Public Health*
  • Teaching / methods*
  • United States