306.721.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
    Ruth Faden
  • Five Key Questions

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • The first is the content question: What is health? With what account of health does the theory operate?
    • The second is the threshold question: How much health (or opportunity for health or capability for health) does the theory as a matter of justice require?
    • The third is the entitlement question: What instrumental goods and services, what resources are individuals entitled to as a consequence of this threshold standard?
    • The fourth is the priority-setting question: How should priorities be set when there are sufficient resources to meet entitlement requirements under the threshold standard (either because of wider distributional imbalances or because of genuine scarcity, as in solid organs or flue vaccine in a pandemic) or when there exist resources that exceed the demands of entitlement requirements but that are insufficient to provide to all.
    • The fifth is the means question: What means to secure and advance health does the theory endorse and restrict? What means should and should not be used?
  • Methods of Assessment
    Class participation, final paper and oral presentation
  • Prerequisites
    This is an advanced course open to students with a prior graduate level course in justice theory.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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
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