About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for HUMAN RIGHTS AND HEALTH SEMINAR (180.636.01), a course offered by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


We are refreshing this course with new readings and topic structure for TERM II 2012-13. Please be mindful that this seminar requires substantial very careful reading of often highly unfamiliar material to facilitate understanding of human rights and human rights as they relate to health. Beginning in the 2010 - 2011 academic year, this course replaced both the prior second term and third term health and human rights seminars that were taught in prior academic years. For additional questions or concerns, please contact either or both Dr. Stein or Dr. Lawrence via e-mail for the best response times. Please note that a revised course outline will be published during mid to late October each year.


Course Description

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.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • List international instruments defining human rights principles, as well as some of the historical development and applications of these treaties,
  • Discuss realization in practice of the right to health and its consequences for health practice,
  • List governmental obligations for health under international human rights law,
  • Describe linkages between health and human rights,
  • Discuss application of the human rights framework to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies and interventions,
  • Analyze collective health impact of human rights violations,
  • dilemmas in the application of human rights principles to health research and practice, and
  • the numerous roles for health professionals in documenting and ameliorating human rights violations

Course Time

Wed Thu   3:30 PM to 4:50 PM


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 rsearch, please do feel free to contact David Stein or Robert Lawrence, if you wish to discuss questions or qualification for this demanding seminar. It is best to write with questions or to seek required instructor consent prior to the first week of term II each year. 

Intended Audience

SPH, medical, and nursing students

Additional Faculty Notes:

NOT open to undergraduate students due to SCHEDULE and WORKLOAD

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Papers and short assignments

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Additional Faculty Notes:

GRADING: At least 20% but no more than 30% of grade is determined by active participation in class discussions and at times through in class presentations.Short assignments are worth at least 10% each and no more than 15% (If there are not 4 short assignments in any given term. Your final paper accounts for AT LEAST 30% of your grade and will normally be due midnight of the first Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of the WEEK AFTER TERM II ends. 

Administrative Contact

Robert Lawrence
E-mail: rlawrenc@jhsph.edu
David Stein
E-mail: dstein@jhsph.edu