You must “attend” at least 4 policy events, at least approximately 1 hour in length. Attendance of at least one of these events must be in-person. Up to 3 of the 4 events may be online and they must have a health policy focus. Online health policy events/ webinars will be posted from which you may choose. In addition, you may identify your own online policy events, but please check with your instructor to make sure the events you choose are eligible for field hours. In-person events must be health-related. For example, an example of in-person event would be attendance at a local board of health meeting, a local school-board meeting, a legislative hearing or meeting, a meeting by an executive branch agency that falls under your governor, a meeting by advocacy organization or special interest group, or a meetings of a political party, political group, or candidate. As a way of demonstrating completion of this course requirement, you must submit, in writing, field logs that detail certain aspects of the event. The template for field experience logs is below.

Policy events are an essential component of understanding and engaging with health policy. These events provide an opportunity for individuals to learn about and discuss current policy issues, debates, and developments in the field of health. In order to ensure a comprehensive understanding of health policy, it is important to attend a variety of events, both in-person and online.

To fulfill the requirement for this course, students are expected to attend a minimum of four policy events, each with a duration of approximately one hour. Of these events, at least one must be attended in-person, with the remaining three events being online. All events should have a health policy focus to ensure relevance to the course content.

There is a wide range of online health policy events and webinars available for students to choose from. These events may be posted by the instructor or identified by the student. However, it is important to consult with the instructor to confirm the eligibility of the chosen online events for field hours.

In-person events must be health-related and can take various forms. Examples of suitable in-person events include attendance at a local board of health meeting, a local school-board meeting, a legislative hearing or meeting, a meeting by an executive branch agency falling under the jurisdiction of the governor, a meeting by an advocacy organization or special interest group, or a meeting of a political party, political group, or candidate. These events provide insights into the practical aspects of health policy and allow students to observe and participate in the policy-making process.

To demonstrate completion of the course requirement, students are required to submit written field logs that document specific aspects of the attended events. The field log template provided should be used to ensure consistency and clarity in reporting. The field log should include information such as the date, time, and location of the event, a brief description of the event, key topics discussed, notable speakers or panelists, and reflections on personal observations and insights gained from attending the event.

The field logs are not simply a record of attendance; they are an opportunity for students to critically reflect on the policy events they have attended. Reflections can include analyzing the policy issues discussed, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments presented, and considering the potential implications and impact of the policies being discussed. This critical reflection is essential for developing a deeper understanding of health policy and its implications for individuals, communities, and the healthcare system as a whole.

By attending a variety of policy events and engaging in critical reflection through the field log submissions, students will enhance their knowledge of health policy and develop valuable skills in analyzing, evaluating, and engaging with policy issues. The policy events provide a practical and hands-on learning opportunity that complements the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom.

In conclusion, attending policy events is a vital part of studying health policy. By attending a minimum of four policy events, with at least one in-person and the remainder online, students will gain valuable insights into the policy-making process and develop a deeper understanding of health policy. Through the submission of field logs, students will demonstrate their engagement with the events and their ability to critically analyze and reflect on policy issues. This requirement ensures a comprehensive and well-rounded education in health policy.