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Human Rights in Public Health Practice

East Baltimore
3rd Term
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Friday, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Leonard Rubenstein
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Assumes some from familiarity with basic concepts in human rights and the right to health, but begins with a review of human rights concepts.

Presents human rights as both a tool and an analytical framework for public health practice. Considers how concepts and values from human rights can enhance the work of public health professionals in a variety of realms. This includes the development of policy in public health, the design and implementation of programs, and identification of human rights obstacles to achieving public health goals and potential responses. Examines the relationship between traditional bioethics and human rights approaches to ethical questions and will conclude with discussions and controversies about the roles of public health professionals in advocacy.
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% Quiz
  • 30% Participation
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 40% Final Paper
Jointly Offered With
Special Comments

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