Title: Bridging the Gap between Research and Health Policy Making
Keywords: Research (in general)
Health Policy (incl. advocacy)
Communication (oral, written)
Country: Vietnam
Institution: Vietnam - Department of Graduate Education, Hanoi University of Public Health
Course coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Thanh Huong, MSc, MPH, PhD
Date start: 2018-06-11
Date end: 2018-06-22
About duration and dates: 2 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Ha Noi University of Public Health, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
SIT: 90 hours
34 contact hours, 10 hours group work, 46 hours self study)
Language: English
At the end of this module the student should be able to:

1. Critically discuss the fundamentals of health policy framework.
2. Appraise the research-to-policy gap and identify strategies to overcome this gap.
3. Explain how research findings enter and influence the policy process
4. Describe the key elements of, and create a comprehensive policy-level communication strategy
5. Apply skills for communicating research evidence to policymakers using simple and compelling written and oral formats
Assessment Procedures:
Assessment will be based on class participation, exercises, and written policy brief
- Class participation: 10% (attend at least 80% of contact hours)
- Individual exercise: Identify research findings, policy implications and recommendations: 20%
- Group exercise (2 - 3 people/group): Writing communication strategies (1000 -1100 words): 20%
- Individual written policy brief (2-3 pages): 50%
Students propose their own topics but they have to discuss with course co-ordinator to seek agreement prior to writing their exercises and policy brief. Failing students will be given a chance to resubmit their policy briefs that has taken into account the comments given. This should be done within 4 weeks and will be reassessed by the course organizer.
Increase the use of research results to improve health policies and programs is fundamental of evidence-based policy making and program planning process.
This course highlights:
- An overview of simple analytical framework of health policy including the notions of context, process, actors and content
- Refresher on elements and characteristics of the policy process
- From research to policy: how research findings enter and influence the policy process; research-policy gap; identifying key research findings and policy implications, barriers to research influencing policy; strategies to overcome barriers to research influencing policy.
- Policy advocacy skills:
1. key elements of policy communication; identify key communication constraints and opportunities carry out and develop communication action plan and evaluation performance.
2. Prepare policy communication tools used to persuade and advocate policy makers: Writing a policy brief and briefing policy makers using oral presentation
Variety methods are used, including introductory lectures, seminars, group discussion, tutorials, individual work, student presentation, and individual written assignment.

Students are required to bring to the course one research (it might be student’s research or any article or research report that students prefer), used as basic document for doing exercises (identify research findings, policy implications and recommendations, prepare communication strategies and write a policy brief).
Proficiency in English: TOEFL 550 or equivalent, or IELTS 6
Student admitted to a Master Degree Program within TropEd Network may join this course, having finished the core course.
Maximum number of students: 25
Maximum number of TropEd students: 10
See under prerequisites
Fees: 600 Euro
Scholarships: None
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Updating reading references (International and local context) and revising guideline and exercises accordingly.
Student evaluation:
- Students acknowledge the course’s usefulness and appropriateness.
- After finishing the course, they are confident that they can apply what have been learned into their work.
- They also expressed their willing to further study in designing/developing policy brief.
- Students also gave feedback that it would be good to reduce the number of course reading to be feasible with the time allocation
- Identifying policy implications is considered as the most difficult part in the course. Students sometimes misunderstand between policy implications and recommendations. They need to emphasize more on this content. Therefore the course structure is adjusted which focuses more on this content and support students to do individual exercise on developing research implications and policy recommendations.
Lessons learned:
This is practical course with new skills on identifying research implications, developing communication strategies and policy brief based on research topics that students are interested.
Based on teaching experiences and students’ feedback, the course structure and evaluation are adjusted to provide more support for students when doing research implications and policy recommendations exercise.
tropEd accreditation: Accredited in May 2008. Re-accredited in September 2013. This accreditation is valid until September 2018.
This course provides public health students fundamental knowledge on health policy framework, influence of research on policy change and policy communication skills that will enable them to close the gap between research and health policy making

If you wish to participate these courses, please complete the registration form and CV and send before 1st, April, 2018 to Graduate Education Dept (nth1@huph.edu.vn).For course application please click here
Email Address: nth1@huph.edu.vn
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-10 09:57:48 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-10 16:07:51 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-07-28 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 04:50:15 (W3C-DTF)

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