Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

To find units available for enrolment in the current year, you must make sure you use the indexes and browse unit tool in the current edition of the Handbook.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2013 (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 (60%)
Contribution to online discussion forum (40%) - off campus students.

Chief examiner(s)

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: