Health equality and the right to health
This course introduces the linkages between public health and human rights, with a special focus on health inequalities and the right to health. The course has three main themes: Philosophical and theoretical foundations, which introduces the philosophical foundations of human rights and the right to health, theories related to social position as they relate to health equality, and questions of distributive justice in public health; Legal standards and frameworks, which addresses the relationship between human rights law and public health, including non-discrimination and the rights of specific groups, and the right to health as a legal standard; and Theory and standards into practice, which raises the challenges and opportunities involved in translating human rights theory and legal standards into public health policy and interventions.
The course adopts and problem-based learning perspective, requiring critical and strategic thinking, and includes mix of lectures, group work, debates and discussions grounded in real-world examples.
Lectures are given in English, but students who take the course as a freestanding course may submit assignments in Swedish.