Global Health and Human Rights

Global Health and Human Rights

Global Health and Human Rights will define the theoretical foundations of human rights and their links to global health; introduce students to the existing human rights protection mechanisms; explore the organisation and functioning of health systems at the local and global levels; and address various public health issues where global health and human rights collide.

The course will also include visits to or teaching by professionals from WHO (World Health Organization), UN-OHCHR (United Nations Office of the High Commissionner for Human Rights), IOM (International Organization for Migration), ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), among other organizations. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to:
  • Define the basic concepts of human rights and global health
  • Analyse and explain the links between global health and human rights
  • Identify the primary international human rights law instruments of importance to health  
By the end of the course, the participants should be familiar with:
  • The impact of globalization on the health of populations
  • Health and human rights challenges UN Agencies are confronted with
  • The application of public health tools to the surveillance of human rights implementation
By the end of the training module, the participants should be able to:
  • Integrate Global Health and Human Rights issues into professional practice
  • Promote human rights in the field of public and community health

Validation

The Summer School will be validated through attendance, participation, group work and presentations
After completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva.
Credits: Equivalence of 6 ECTS (European Credits Transfer)

Subjects

  • International Human Rights
  • Public Health
  • International Health

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