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MPH2055 - Health ethics and human rights

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor B Loff


Alfred Hospital First semester 2007 (Day)


The interrelationship between public health, human rights and ethics. Includes discussion of aboriginal health, women's health, HIV/AIDS, intellectual property and access to pharmaceuticals, refugee health, complex humanitarian crises amongst other topics analysed from a human rights perspective.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of rights from an ethical perspective and a rights based approach to international law;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how such a framework might be applied in analysing health concerns;
  3. Critically evaluate the worth of this framework to contributing to the improvement of human well being.


Written report
Oral presentation

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week