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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Robert Lawrence
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Instruction and student-led discussion broadly focuses on these areas: (1) human rights in general, (2) health as a human right, (2) impact of health policies, programs and practices on human rights, and (3) collective impacts of human rights violations, whether gross violations in human conflict or insidious violations associated with mistreatment of individuals and marginalized groups.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
List international instruments defining human rights principles, as well as some of the historical development and applications of these treaties
Describe the general concepts and principles of molecular epidemiology
Provide examples of the successful application of molecular or biochemical biomarkers of exposure, effect, and susceptibility in chronic disease epidemiology
Discuss realization in practice of the right to health and its consequences for health practice
List governmental obligations for health under international human rights law
Be familiar with the validation process for new biomarker development and be able to design a study to evaluate the usefulness of a biomarker for a particular purpose
Describe linkages between health and human rights
Discuss application of the human rights framework to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies and interventions
Analyze collective health impact of human rights violations, dilemmas in the application of human rights principles to health research and practice, and the numerous roles for health professionals in documenting and ameliorating human rights violations

Methods of Assessment: Papers and short assignments
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Held in departmental space

  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: Undergraduates are restricted from taking this course
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Consent required for all students

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Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail