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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2011 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr B Crammond and Dr 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%) - on campus students.
Written assignments (70%)
Contribution to online discussion forum (30%) - off campus students.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Liz Bishop

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week for on-campus students.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Weekly reading as required and contribution to online discussion forum

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