The course examines the intersection of health and
international human rights. Readings and discussion will focus on whether
there is a universal right to health; how to maximize access to health; the
health implications of war crimes and atrocities; and the meaning of rights
and access in resource-poor settings such as refugee camps and fragile states.
Special attention will be paid to the role of corporate social responsibility and
advanced economies in access to health.
Students will work in interdisciplinary groups on a health assessment and
intervention known as the Access to Health Project. Headed by Professor
Sorensen of the Center for International Human Rights and Carolyn Baer,
Deputy Director of the Center for Global Health at Feinberg Medical School,
the Access to Health Project seeks to leverage academic partnerships to
maximize access to health in communities in the developing world.
Specifically, this class will participate in a needs assessment and
intervention for the town of Bonga, Ethiopia, a town in southwestern
Ethiopia where public health issues in the area include malnutrition;
maternal mortality; and disease that is treatable by basic vaccinations such
as tetanus, typhoid, and measles.
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.
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