Health, Globalisation and Human Rights


Course Objective

The student;

- Is able to describe, understand and apply human rights concepts in a
global context
- Develops a deeper understanding and a critical attitude towards
scientific literature in the field of health, globalization and human
rights in order to formulate soundly argued positions
- Is able to create his/her own vision with regard to the socio-cultural
dimensions of human rights values in relation to public health
- Is able to apply methods of human rights assessment in relation to
innovations in health care
- Demonstrates the ability to write and present according to academic

Course Content

This course focuses on the human rights issues that are raised around
the globe in connection with public health concerns. The course
introduces the students to the effects of globalization on health
issues, to the relevant UN human rights instruments on health and to
the mechanisms to promote and protect these rights. Attention is given
to a wide range of human rights topics in which health and well being
play a crucial role. Examples are situations of armed conflict,
reproductive rights, migration and refugee issues and childrenÂ’s
rights. Within the context of current globalisation processes the
importance of local cultural insights into the human rights & public
health interaction will be discussed. During the course students will
prepare and participate in a simulation on a human rights assessment of
innovations in health technology and discuss relevant scientific
literature in study groups. In the exam students will show their
creative problem-solving skills applying them to human rights dilemmas
in public health.

Teaching Methods

Contact hours

Lectures: 33 hours
Work groups: 12 hours
Group project, simulation and exam: 11 hours

Self study and preparing: remaining hours

Method of Assessment

Group project (10%), Simulation (20%), exam (70%). All parts need to be
passed (6.0)


To be announced at the start of the first work group/lecture and via
Canvas for group project.

Target Audience

Optional course for students in all specializations of the Masters
Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Management, Policy Analysis
and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences.

Additional Information

(Guest) Lectures and guest organisations (under reservation):
Cees Hamelink
Christine Dedding (Children and rights)
Bert Keizer (Elderly Rights)
Els Mons (Rights and disabled persons)
Women on Waves
Doctors without Borders
And more to be announced.

For more information contact Anna van Luijn (

General Information

Course Code AM_470818
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator drs. D.H.J. Lynch
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

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