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 EPI 249

Translating Evidence Into Policy:
Framing Research to Influence Policy
EPI 249 Winter 2016 (1 unit)

Assistant Professor, Institute for Health and Aging

Will not be taught during 2016-2017 academic year.


This course will focus on the policy process and strategies for collecting and disseminating research findings to inform and influence that process. The course will be taught through a series of lectures delivered by faculty with extensive experience at the federal, state, and local level in health care policy.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize how research is used in the policy process;
  • Develop strategies for disseminating research through the media to influence the policy process;
  • Organize effective communication strategies with policymakers to influence decision making;
  • Identify the relevant stakeholders in their area of research who can influence the policy process;
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of participatory research with policymakers; and
  • Describe an engagement strategy with end users including policymakers that can be incorporated into research grants

View the preview video for a further description of course objectives and logistics.




Course Director:

Andrew Bindman, MD
Phone: 415-476-5583
email: abindman@medsfgh.ucsf.edu


Brooke Hollister, PhD
Phone: 415-476-2309
email: brooke.hollister@ucsf.edu


Aside from the first class in which a lecture will be delivered by the course director, most of the didactic material will be delivered through a series of videos which students will watch prior to the classroom sessions. The classroom time will mainly be used to have students reflect on the material they viewed prior to class as well as the associated reading. During class, students will also break into small groups to workshop their homework assignments which will then be presented in front of the entire class. The focus of each student's work will be centered around their own area of research. The class will meet Thursdays from 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM, Jan. 7 to Feb. 11.

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


Evaluation of student performance will be based on successful completion of weekly homework assignments, class participation, and attendance.

Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.


This course is open to a limited number of individuals outside of the ATCR and Master's programs. Preference is given to UCSF-affiliated personnel. We regret that auditing is not permitted.