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180.636.01 Human Rights and Health Seminar

Environmental Health and Engineering
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
Held in departmental space
  • Tu W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Robert Lawrence
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 Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss and begin to understand the realization of the right to health and its consequences for health practice,based on building a "culture of human rights" through law, ethics, policy, economics and social norms
  2. Describe some governmental obligations for health under international human rights law and practice or "custom"
  3. Describe some commonalities between public health and human rights, including human rights law
  4. Discuss application of the human rights framework to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies and interventions
  5. Describe some health impacts of human rights violations
  6. Discuss dilemmas in the application of human rights principles to health research and practice
  7. Discuss some of the numerous roles for health professionals in documenting and ameliorating human rights violations
Methods of Assessment:

Papers and short assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduates are restricted from taking this course

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required for all students

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