Lauren Gilchrist, MPH
Adjunct Instructor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Executive Vice President of External Affairs
Planned Parenthood North Central States, Minneapolis, MN

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of current public health policy issues that impact children and families. The course will focus on how public policy and advocacy can be used to improve the public health of children and families, with a focus on state-level policies.  Students develop practical skills to understand, analyze, communicate, and advocate for public health policies.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-105 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

Enrollment for this course will open on February 22, 2024.

For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute


After completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify key current public health policies that impact children and families.
  2. Describe how state and federal public policies affecting children and families are created, including the importance of political context and key stakeholders.
  3. Communicate verbally and in writing to advocate for specific policies to improve public health for children and families.

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions


Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrollment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.
Required fields are indicated by .