Beth E. Rivin
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This course addresses the leading issues in global health and international human rights through case-based teaching and active student participation. We approach global health and justice from a variety of perspectives (including human rights doctrine, global bioethics, public health policy, and international law) and examine the linkage between health and human rights by analyzing the meaning of the right to health, vis-à-vis other human rights. The right to health as framed by international treaties and covenants will be considered in light of the historical, theoretical, philosophical and political realities, and we will consider a variety of case studies and issues focusing on vulnerable populations (children, women, PLH, the disabled, the poor) and specific population health threats, such as communicable diseases (HIV, malaria, TB) and environmental health threats (water and sanitation). Other topics of study include international treaty law and conventions; international bioethics and the relation to human rights; the public health and human rights aspects of international trade law, with particular focus on the right to access medicines; defining and measuring access to health information and services; the role of humanitarian aid, NGOs, medical neutrality; human rights analysis of public health policy/programs.
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