306.721.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • 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 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.

  • Intended Audience

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

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Class participation, final paper and oral presentation

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

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

  • 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.