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Health equality and the right to health

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 18 375 SEK
First payment: 18 375 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application closed, late application opens 16 July 2021.


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.

Prerequisites and selection


Bachelor's degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180 credits or equivalent, within the main areas of health science or social science. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.