About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for SOCIAL JUSTICE THEORY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (306.721.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Examines what theories of social justice have to say about public health and health policy. Explores whether and in what ways alternative philosophical perspectives can be used to make the case for obligations to promote health, both globally and within nations, as well as how to think about the relation of health to human welfare more broadly. Emphasizes theory and argument, and extensive reading is expected.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Assess whether, how and when theories of social justice provide guidance for public health and health policy
  • Identify the defining features of at least two social justice theories
  • Assess the limitations of theory for public health practice and policy

Course Faculty

This is an advanced course open to students with a prior graduate level course in justice theory.

Intended Audience

Graduate students with prior coursework in theoretical approaches to bioethics, Greenwall Post-doctoral fellows and students enrolled in the bioethics PhD track.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Class participation, final paper and oral presentation

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Kelsey Perkins May
E-mail: kpmay@jhu.edu