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Healthcare and Human Rights


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This short course provides you with an introduction to the relationship between health and human rights. It ranges over theoretical approaches and concrete issues relating to the realisation of human rights in the context of domestic and international health policies.

We will distinguish the normative framework of international human rights standards from non-formalistic commitments to social justice, bioethics and morality. We will also examine the effectiveness of the law in promoting health rights in varying contexts so that you can acquire an understanding of the social, economic, cultural, legal and political processes by which human rights inform health policies.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • The human right to health
  • Health, human rights and international law
  • Rights, justice and access to healthcare
  • HIV/AIDS and human rights
  • Reproductive health and human rights 
  • Bioethics and human rights 
  • Genetics and human rights 
  • Rights and end-of-life care

This postgraduate-level course gives you the opportunity to engage in depth with contemporary issues and debates. It is suitable for anyone who has a professional or personal interest in the field of law. It is also ideal if you want to enhance your career through Continuing Professional Development in this area. 

Assessment on this course is via a 4000-word essay (100%).

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.