Course Details

Health and Human Rights

This course, which is open to Law, Kellogg and Master's in Public Health students, examines the intersection of health and human rights at the global and national levels, in theory and in practice. Readings and discussion will focus on the following topics: the complex relationship between health and human rights; the right to health; the health and human rights impact of gun violence in the United States; 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 systems 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 Brian Citro, with assistance from Health and Human Rights Fellow Elise R. Meyer, the Access to Health Project seeks to leverage academic partnerships to maximize access to health in communities in the developing world and the United States. This semester students will participate in needs assessments and project development in one of three projects: (1) to address the health and human rights impacts of gun violence in Chicago; (2) to support people with TB in India to access health services and combat stigma and discrimination, including through engagement with private sector; and (3) to promote access to medicines and other health technologies in Nairobi, Kenya. 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 for their project assignment. Pursuant to an application process at the start of the class, up to six students will travel over spring break to conduct site visits and evaluate their project findings. Teaching Method: Case Studies, Class Participation, Discussion, Guest Speakers, Lecture Evaluation Method: Oral Presentation of group project work and a research project (In lieu of an exam, student teams will prepare a final written report detailing their findings and recommendations). Class Materials: Articles and Published Cases to be uploaded to Canvas This course meets on the Quarter Calendar. Please note: the first day of class will be January 8, 2018. Please also note a make-up class is scheduled for January 19, 2018 from 6-9pm.

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


Course History

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