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180.600.98 Special Topics in Health and Human Rights: Public Health Implications of Health As a Human Right

Environmental Health and Engineering
2nd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/12/2012 - Tue 11/13/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Applies a human rights framework to the analysis of key determinants of health status and public health policies, programs and practices. Readings and discussions explore health as a human right and its implications for public health research and practice. Focuses broadly on three areas: (1) health as a human right, (2) impact of public health policies, programs and practices on human rights, and (3) collective health impact of human rights violations, whether gross violations in human conflict or insidious violations associated with mistreatment of marginalized groups. Topics include: (1) international instruments defining human rights principles, their historical development and application, (2) operationalization of the right to health and its consequences for public health practice, (3) governmental obligations for health under international human rights law, (4) linkages between health and human rights, (5) application of the human rights framework to the design, implementation, a

Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a final paper due within one month after the conclusion of the course.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time degree students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer in HPM prior to registering for this course.

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