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Spring 2 2008

Dr. S. Marks
2.5 credits
Lectures, case studies. Two 2-hour sessions each week.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the application of the human rights framework to a wide range of critical areas of public health. Through lectures, cases and guest speakers, students will become familiar with the human rights perspective as applied to selected public health policies, programs and interventions. The course clarifies how human rights approaches complement and differ from those of bioethics and public health ethics.

Among the issues to be considered from a human rights perspective are the bioethics and human rights as reflected in the Nuremberg code, torture prevention and treatment, infectious diseases: MDRTB and incarceration, violence prevention and responses, genetic manipulation, access to affordable drugs, community-based health management and financing, child labor, aging, and tobacco control.
Course requirements are active participation in class discussion (20%) and a term paper (80%)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

Fall 2006

Dr. S. Marks
2.5 credits
Lectures, case studies. Two 2-hour sessions each week.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the application of the human rights framework to a wide range of critical areas of public health. Through lectures, cases and guest speakers, students will become familiar with the human rights perspective as applied to selected public health policies, programs and interventions. The course clarifies how human rights approaches complement and differ from those of bioethics and public health ethics.

Among the issues to be considered from a human rights perspective are the bioethics and human rights as reflected in the Nuremberg code, torture prevention and treatment, infectious diseases: MDRTB and incarceration, violence prevention and responses, genetic manipulation, access to affordable drugs, community-based health management and financing, child labor, aging, and tobacco control.
Course requirements are active participation in class discussion (20%) and a term paper (80%) (5.06)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

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