180.636.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
WTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • 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 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.

  • Intended Audience

    SPH, medical, and nursing students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Papers and short assignments

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.