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306.721.01 Social Justice Theory and Public Health

Health Policy and Management
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Kelsey Perkins May
Course Instructor:

This is an advanced course open to students with a prior graduate level course in justice theory.


Examines what theories of social justice have to say about public health and health policy. Explores whether and in what ways alternative philosophical perspectives can be used to make the case for obligations to promote health, both globally and within nations, as well as how to think about the relation of health to human welfare more broadly. Emphasizes theory and argument, and extensive reading is expected.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess whether, how and when theories of social justice provide guidance for public health and health policy
  2. Identify the defining features of at least two social justice theories
  3. Assess the limitations of theory for public health practice and policy
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation, final paper and oral presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

Priorty given to Greenwall post-doctoral fellows and PhD bioethics students.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required to ensure that all students have appropriate background for the material.

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