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College of Law

Global Health & Human Rights

Course Number: 6915
Professor: Melissa Ballengee Alexander
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: TBA
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This dynamic course explores the interplay between global public health and human rights law by focusing on interesting issues confronting countries around the world (i.e. Ebola and quarantine in Liberia, maternal mortality in Afghanistan, HIV in Uganda, etc.). This course introduces core international human rights instruments, institutions, principles and case law, as well as basic public health terminology and concepts. By the end of the course, students should be able to debate how the use of human rights norms, standards and litigation can improve public health policy and practice. This course emphasizes critical thinking and is designed to give students practice researching, writing and speaking persuasively.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Class lecture and discussion, presentations
Written Assignments: Research paper
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Paper, participation, and presentation
Other Comments:

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