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340.639.01 Assessing Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations

4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:20pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:

Since human rights violations and failed public policies can affect the health of populations and the efficacy of public health efforts, students utilize a case studies approach drawn from recent epidemics of infectious diseases to investigate the interactions of epidemics, public health, and human rights. In the context of the case studies, students examine epidemiologic methods to investigate and understand these interactions, including qualitative assessments and interview approaches, population level measures, indirect measures for use in conflict areas, and new tools of molecular epidemiology. Case studies include the stalled response to SARS in China; HIV/AIDS in Burma under military rule; HIV, STIs, and violence in relation to human trafficking and sex work; limitations on effective HIV prevention for drug users in Russia, the CIS and China; and the policies of limiting condom availability for prisoners in the US, Russia, and Thailand. Students gain an appreciation for the mecha

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the mechanisms through which policies and rights abrogations can worsen epidemics, of the benefits of using a rights-based approach to public health problems, and of current epidemiologic tools to study these complex issues
Methods of Assessment:

In class exercises, paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required