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Course E091: Health and Human Rights

7 May-17 June 2014 (E09114) | Closed
29 October-9 December 2014 (E09114-2) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Instructor: Mihir Kanade

This certificate course organised jointly by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace introduces participants to the doctrinal, actual and policy related linkages between health and human rights, and the contemporary challenges associated with them. Participants will explore the normative concepts of the right to health as a human right and will also study the intersections between the human right to health on the one hand and some of the other human rights such as the right to life, food, work, development etc. on the other. In addition, participants will explore some of the most important contemporary and emerging issues in the field, and will analyse the role of the international organisations and national governments in framing and implementing appropriate health policies.

The main objectives of the course are to make the participants aware of the different facets of the linkages between health and human rights and the associated challenges; to develop the knowledge necessary for critical analysis of the existing international and national policies affecting health; and to acquaint the participants with tools that can be employed in order to mainstream and address issues concerning health in policy making. Throughout the course, participants will engage in case studies including decisions of various national, regional and international courts of law on the relevant topics. Although gender aspects of health and human rights linkages will be a subject of direct focus in some of the topics covered, the same will also be generally mainstreamed throughout the course. Similarly, several of the topics covered will critically analyse the role of transnational corporations as well as the role of civil society within the health and human rights linkages.

This e-learning course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, interaction with students and instructors on discussion boards, quizzes and webinars. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline 

Week 1: Normative concepts of the right to health as a human right; linkages between right to health and other human rights
Week 2: Sexual and reproductive rights; health and human rights linkages in the context of violence against physical integrity of human beings
Week 3: HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases and human rights
Week 4: Mental and physical disabilities, health and human rights
Week 5: Globalisation and the human right to health including implications of international trade, intellectual property rights and labour
Week 6: Health as a development issue: human development policies, Millennium Development Goals and health

About the instructor

Mihir Kanade is the Director of the Human Rights Center at the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and is an Academic Consultant to the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. Prior to the present position, Mihir practiced for seve years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He has practiced extensively in different areas of human rights law, including health law, and has been a legal advisor to several NGOs working in the said field. He holds a LL.B. from Nagpur University and a Masters degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from UPEACE.

Who should apply

The course is intended for health professionals, health and human rights academics, advocates, and practitioners who seek a balance of education and work at the institutional and community levels. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA and the UPEACE Human Rights Centre aim to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575; tuition for auditors: US$ 215. There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online by major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer, and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.


Register for this course (page opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!

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