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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr B Crammond and Ms L Bishop


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 assignments mid-semester (30%)
Written assignments end-semester (70%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Liz Bishop

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week for on-campus students.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus students are required to respond to online tasks on a weekly basis.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: