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Public Health: Global Hlth Law, Ethics&Policy

PH 395 OL1 (CRN: 61573)

3 Credit Hours

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Dates: July 2 - August 10, 2018; Title: Global Health Law, Ethics and Policy; Open to graduate-level Public Health students only; All other students require instructor permission; Must submit the request at Students will be notified if permission is granted; contact student Advisor, Vika Pleshakova at for any questions.

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BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides an examination of the legal, ethical, political, economic, and social aspects of global health. It also explores the emergence of global health law as a multilateral tool to address health disparities and improve the health of the vulnerable. DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTION: The international community has made great progress in improving global health, but staggering health inequalities between rich and poor still remain, raising fundamental questions of social justice. This course systematically defines the burgeoning field of global health law, emphasizing the need for effective global governance for health. The course material offers a blueprint for reform, based on the principle that the opportunity to live a healthy life is a basic human right. This course stresses that it is critical for institutions and international agreements to focus not only on illness but also on the essential conditions that enable people to stay healthy throughout their lifespan: nutrition, clean water, mosquito control, and tobacco reduction. Policies that shape agriculture, trade, and the environment have long-term impacts on health, and the course examines major reforms of global health institutions and governments to ensure better coordination, more transparency, and accountability. Case studies on AIDS, influenza, tobacco, and health worker migration illustrate the power of global health law. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the completion of this course, students will be equipped with knowledge, skills and abilities to: • Recount the historical basis for modern global health laws and governance structures • Identify the major international agreements that address health • Describe the role of major public and private sector players in global health governance • Describe the forums through which global health governance is debated and formalized • Discuss how global health policy impacts domestic policy through specific national case studies • Discuss current strengths and weaknesses in existing global health governance • Contribute to global policy processes in an appropriate manner READING: The main text for the course is Global Health Law by Lawrence O. Gostin, Cambridge: Harvard University Press (2014). Other relevant readings and videos will be shared throughout the course, including news items related to the topics covered.




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