University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Policy

Postgraduate Course: Health and Human Rights: Principles, Practice and Dilemmas (SCPL11015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAim: To provide students with an understanding of rights-based approaches to health and to enable them to apply these to the practice of global public health.

The course will cover the right to health, rights-based approaches to health and ethical issues arising in the practice of global public health. Following an introduction to the principles, theories and international instruments, the module will then explore their application by means of five case studies. Each case study will allow students to critically examine a contemporary aspect of health and human rights, ranging from individual litigation, community empowerment, changes in government policy, to addressing ethical questions in global public health research. Students will be expected to work in groups and they will be assessed on the basis of a joint project report and a short examination.

The course will:
Examine the theory of health and human rights, including international legal instruments and their relevance to health including: the International Convenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Commission on the Status of Women.

Critically assess ways in which the right to health and rights-based approaches have been used to empower communities, change government policy through international legal instruments and by individuals, in litigation to gain access to treatment.

Apply human rights principles to contemporary challenges in global public health via the use of case studies.

Critically analyse the challenges involved operationalisation of a rights based approach to heath and in research.
Course description Seminars will be based on student led group work, focusing on applying principles introduced in the lecture to a series of case studies.

1 Introduction to course and health and human rights principles.
2 Health and human rights and health systems
Case study: Maternal mortality
3 Human rights and social determinants of health
Case study: IDP, Roma lead poisoning in Kosovo
4 Human rights impact assessments
Case study: Scotland in collaboration with the Scottish Human Rights Commission
5 Access to treatment
Case study: HIV in South Africa
6 Relief work and humanitarianism
Case study: South Sudan Famine
7 Widow cleansing, inheritance in Tanzania
8 Human rights research and empowerment
Case study: PopART trial in Zambia and South Africa
9 Sexual minorities, Sexual and Reproductive Rights,
Case study: Uganda, Malawi, Jamaica
10 Summary lecture and discussion
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
Reading List
Backman et al 2008 Health systems and the right to health: an assessment of 194 countries The Lancet, Volume 372, Issue 9655, Pages 2047 - 2085, 13 December 2008
Hunt, P., Backman, G., 2008. Health systems and the right to the highest attainable standard of health. Health and Human Rights, 10 (1), 81┐92.
Gruskin, S. Grodin M, Annas G, Marks S ed (2005) Perspectives on health and human rights. Routledge: New York and London.
Gruskin, S., Mill, E.J., Tarantola, D., 2007. History, principles, and practice of health and human rights. Lancet, 370, 449┐455.
Gruskin S, Ahmed S, Bogecho D, Ferguson L, Hanefeld J, MacCarthy J, Raad Z & Steiner R (2012) ┐Human rights in health systems frameworks: What is there, what is missing and why does it matter?┐, Global Public Health, DOI:10.1080/17441692.2011.651733
Braveman, P., Gruskin, S., 2003. Poverty, equity, human rights and health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 81 (7), 539┐545.
Csete, J., Cohen, J., 2010. Health benefits of legal services for criminalized populations: the case of people who use drugs, sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 38 (4), 816┐831.
Schrecker, T., Chapman, A.R., LabontÚ, R., De Vogli, R., 2010. Advancing health equity in the global marketplace: how human rights can help. Social Science and Medicine, 71 (8), 1520┐1526.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jeff Collin
Tel: (0131 6)51 3961
Course secretaryMiss Jodie Fleming
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information
© Copyright 2015 The University of Edinburgh - 18 January 2016 4:51 am