Course Details

Health and Human Rights

This course examines the intersection of health and human rights in theory and in practice. In a seminal paper in the Health and Human Rights journal in 1994, the late HIV/AIDS activist and professor Jonathan Mann and colleagues described the relationship between health and human rights as comprising three parts. First, health policies, programs and systems impact human rights, both positively and negatively. Second, human rights violations have health impacts. Third, promotion and protection of human rights and promotion and protection of health are fundamentally linked. These three concepts are at the core of the growing field of study and work in health and human rights and will inform the readings, discussions and project work in this course. The topics of focus for assignments and class discussion include: the relationship between health and human rights in theory and practice; the right to health; the health and human rights impact of gun violence; global activism and litigation to promote health and human rights; the movement for access to medicines; infectious diseases, with a focus on the global tuberculosis epidemic; sexual and reproductive health rights; and health and human rights in the United States. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups on a health assessment and intervention known as the Access to Health Project. Headed by Professor Citro, with assistance from Schuette Health and Human Rights Fellow Elise Meyer, the Access to Health Project seeks to leverage academic partnerships to maximize access to health in communities in the developing world and in the United States. Specifically, this class will participate in needs assessments and project development: to address the legal and policy environment for sex trafficking in Chicago, with a focus on victims' access to sexual and reproductive health and trauma services; to examine and address the practice of unlawfully detaining people in China based on their health status; and to build the capacity of people affected by tuberculosis in India to understand their rights related to health, including to access testing and treatment and to be free from discrimination, and to use the courts and other forms of advocacy to realize their rights. The needs assessment will reflect human rights, public health and sustainability considerations. In lieu of an exam, student teams will prepare a final written report detailing their findings and recommendations This course meets on the Quarter Calendar. Please note: the first day of class will be January 14, 2019.

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 693
Additional Course Information: Class meets using University Calendar


Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Health and Human Rights
Faculty: Citro, Brian (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 9     Actual: 6

Spring 2019
Title: Health and Human Rights
Faculty: Citro, Brian (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 6     Actual: 6

Spring 2018
Title: Health and Human Rights
Faculty: Citro, Brian (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 15     Actual: 3

Spring 2017
Title: Health and Human Rights
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 15     Actual: 12

Spring 2016
Title: Health and Human Rights
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15