Introduction to Africa Health Public Policy

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Pillar: Health Ecosytems

Program Status: Active


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The course provides learners with strong foundational knowledge of public policy theory and offers opportunities to develop critical thinking and practical skills to apply to policy analysis, development, implementation, and intervention in three critical sectors of societal wellness in Africa: (1) Ethical Leadership and Health; (2) Women and Health; and (3) Climate, Sustainability, and Health.

Students engage in group discussions and activities, personal reflections, and case study analysis to become informed citizens, policy actors, and future policy leaders. They also think critically about the implications of public policies in African societies and identify strategies to stimulate public policy change.

The course was co-created by the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies Learning Innovation design team, the Office of the Vice President International, U of T faculty subject-matter-experts who specialize in public policy and designed in consultation with Ashesi University.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Be informed consumers of public policies and public policy research 
  • Think critically about and have the skills to analyze the implications of health public policies in Africa
  • Understand how ethical leadership can guide and influence public policies for the improvement of African society 
  • Advance entrepreneurial thinking in the context of African public policy 
  • Identify tools/strategies to initiate and lead ethical service-centered endeavors in Public Policy 
  • Stimulate public policy change across Africa 
  • Preparation for Ashesi University’s Law and Public Policy Program

Course Structure

The course has 65 hours of contact time spread equally across three weeks (4.35 hours each day = 21.7 hours per week). Instruction is in-person on Monday-Friday beginning at 9 AM. Learners earn 1 Ashesi credit unit for the successful completion of the three sections, which can be applied toward the student’s degree credit requirements.

Partners Involved

This program is led by the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, and features esteemed faculty members from the University of Toronto Mississauga and Scarborough campuses.

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Assistant Dean, International and Specialized Programs

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Centre for Reimagined Africa (CRA)

University of Toronto

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Lisa Morgan

Assistant Dean, International and Specialized Programs

University of Toronto

Lisa Morgan is Assistant Dean, International and Specialized Programs at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (SCS) where she leads strategic design and business development with a focus on international initiatives and other specialized programming in lifelong learning. She also leads the planning, direction, and oversight of the English Language Program (ELP) and Post-secondary Education Preparedness.

In collaboration with the Office Vice President International and in participation with the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative, she is leading a co-creation project with an interdisciplinary team featuring SCS, UofT Faculty, and Ashesi University, Ghana.

Formerly, she served as ELP Director and Academic Director, where she established and maintained strategic and collaborative international partnerships with institutions and governmental organizations including those with a focus on equity-deserving groups in various regions around the world and has participated in several trade missions in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Lisa Morgan has a B.A.A in Education from Ryerson University and an M.A. in Education from University of Toronto.