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Human Rights and Health Seminar

East Baltimore
2nd term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Tu W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
David Stein

Additional Faculty Notes:Open to graduate students only as of 2011 academic year. If you are a graduate student or an undergraduate public health student with human rights experience in academia, practice or field research, please do feel free to contact David Stein or Robert Lawrence, if you wish to discuss questions or qualification for this seminar. It is best to write with questions or to seek required instructor consent prior to the first week of term II each year. 


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. Understand 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. Understand some health impacts of human rights violations,
  6. Discuss dilemmas in the application of human rights principles to health research and practice, and
  7. Discuss some of the numerous roles for health professionals in documenting and ameliorating human rights violations
Methods of Assessment:

Papers, Class Discussion and short assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduates are restricted from taking this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Held in departmental space