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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine

Global Health, Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health

Elective Number: 3530 (arranged)

Course Supervisor: Drs. Preston Reynolds and Mary Burchett

Duration: 2 weeks


Report to: Dr. Reynolds

Time to Report: 9:00 am

Place to Report: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, Barringer 5, room 5335

Typical day:

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 10 (by special arrangement if less than 3)

Course Description: The elective will consist of six two hour seminar sessions where participants will discuss readings and work through specific cases in the areas of human rights, global health, social determinants of health, and global health research ethics and medical education. Students will apply the theoretical frameworks they learn in the first week to current global health challenges presented in the second week of seminar sessions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Know the foundational human rights documents; their origins and use in human rights discourse
  2. Describe the social determinants of helath and their contributions to global health disparities
  3. Discuss arguments for a new global health bio-ethic
  4. Discuss physicians and other health professional contributions to global health and human rights programs and policies, locally and internationally
  5. Discuss how the social determinants of health movement and the human rights movement overlap and build upon each other
  6. Discuss strategies for incorporating principles of social justice and human rights into a new global health ethic
  7. discuss the major arguments for access to healthcae and essential medicines
  8. Discuss international standards for global health research
  9. Discuss the call for a new global health research ethics that incorporates principles of human rights and socail justice
  10. Discuss best practices for involving students in global health educational programs and global health research

Each student will be asked to prepare a 3-5 page paper analyzing a case involving a global health or global health ethics problem using the frameworks of the social determinants of health, human rights and global health ethics.

All the readings will be posted on collab and accessible to all the students who participate.

This description is a general overview. The instructor will establish the schedule and particular requirements at the time of the course.