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Human Rights in Public Health Practice

East Baltimore
3rd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Leonard Rubenstein

Considers human rights as a tool, an analytical framework, and a source of ethical guidance in public health practice. Reviews basic concepts in human rights and examines how human rights can contribute to the work of public health practitioners in a variety of roles. These include analysis of public health problems, design of programs, the setting of public health policy, decision-making in day to day practice, research on human rights and public health. Also considers a human rights standard for ethical practice in public health and the linkages between public health practice and the work of human rights organizations in advancing human rights in health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the interrelationships between modern concepts of public health and international human rights
  2. Discuss the impact of health policies, programs, and practices on human rights
  3. Discuss the health impacts resulting from violations of human rights
  4. Apply key concepts in public heath to practice in a variety of public health roles, including, policy, program design, program implementation, humanitarian response, assessment, and advocacy
  5. Discuss the relationship between human rights and bioethics approaches to ethical problems faced by public health professionals
  6. Evaluate responses in practice settings where human rights violations are severe and pervasive
  7. Identify the roles health professionals can play in advancing human rights
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Quizzes
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Participation
  • 40% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

Course was formerly listed as 301.655 through HP&M with Dr. Gostin.