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Human Rights and Inclusive Global Health (CO7051)

Module Coordinator:               Prof Joe Barry            
ECTS Value:                             5

This module addresses the challenges of achieving ‘Health for All’ while taking into account the concepts and principles of human rights within the health sector. The module will enable students to improve their skills in applying and evaluating these rights.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
•          Identify factors that isolate marginalised groups in society from mainstream health services and which result in a lower quality of lifestyle than is available to the wider society in which they live
•          Critically review the extent to which the process of aid and development embodies some of the discriminatory practices that may disempower those in most need
•          Identify the key principles that underpin human rights discussions within the health sector
•          Demonstrate knowledge of the implications for health within the basic covenants for human rights
•          Explain the human rights principles in relation to all vulnerable populations
•          Equity; Accessibility; Non-­‐discrimination; and Accountability
•          Describe and discuss the implications on human rights of specific policies and strategies for prioritizing health interventions for vulnerable populations.
•          Formulate a strategy for a low income country to address equity in the accessibility to health care

Module Content

  • Introduction to Health and Human Rights
  • Vulnerable Populations and Right to Health
  • International/Regional Human Rights Instruments and Right to Health
  • United Nations Human Rights System and Right to Health
  • Civil Society and Right to Health
  • International/Development Aid and Right to Health

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
This one week intensive module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, student‐led discussions and debates.

Indicative Resources

  • Marks, S.P. (2013). Human Rights: A Brief Introduction. Boston, Harvard University
  • Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. (2000). General Comment No. 14, The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, E/C.12/2000/4.
  • Friedman, E. A., & Gostin, L. O. (2012). Pillars for progress on the right to health: Harnessing the potential of human rights through a Framework Convention on Global Health. Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, 14(1).
  • London L (2008). What is a human rights-based approach to health and does it matter? Health and Human Rights, 10(1), 65–80
  • Backman G, Hunt P, Khosla, R et al. (2008). Health systems and the right to health: an assessment of 194 countries. Lancet,372, 2047–2085
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (2005/2008). The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action 2005/2008. Paris: OECD.
  • Amin, A., MacLachlan, M., Mannan, H. et al. (December 2011). EquiFrame: A framework for analysis of the inclusion of human rights and vulnerable groups in health policies. Health and Human Rights, 13(2), 1-20.
  • Sidibé, M., & Buse, K. (2012). A framework convention on global health: a catalyst for justice. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 90(12), 870-870a.
  • Chapman, A. R. (2009). Globalization, human rights, and the social Perspectives in Global Health. Bioethics, 23(2), 97-111.
  • 25 Questions & Answers on Health and Human Rights (WHO, 2002)
  • WHO & UNESCO (2006). Health and Human Rights Working Paper Series No 6 Impact Assessments, Poverty and Human Rights: A Case Study Using the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health (
  • Maru, D., & Farmer, P. Human rights and health systems development: Confronting the politics of exclusion and the economics of inequality.
  • Lie, R. (2004). Health, human rights and mobilization of resources for health. BMC international health and human rights, 4(1), 4.

Lecture notes and additional materials will be posted on Blackboard.

Methods of Assessment
Students will submit a written assignment (70%) and take part in a group assignment (30%).

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