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Global health and human rights

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: MPH201 | Sustainability focused

The course is not given as a stand-alone course this academic year, but can be included in the program/course package. For information contact the department.

About the Course

This course aim to give an overview of the fields 1) global health with a special focus on low- and middle income countries, 2) social determinants of communicable and non-communicable disease, and 3) human rights and health.  

The first part include an introduction to global health, as part of the major field public health. The global burden of disease, international actors and globalisation of health and health care, the effect of the poverty for health as well as the conditions to conduct public health work and health care in low and middle-income countries, including in emergency situations, and the so called Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are in focus.

The second part of the course covers social determinants of health for communicable (e g malaria, TB, HIV) and non-communcable diseases (e g mental illness, diabetes, sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, violence).

The final part of the course deepens the theme Human rights and the importance of the concept the Right to health, that is both legal frameworks and practical implications in concrete activities are discussed and processed at lectures and applied workshops. Finally, the relationships between the right to health, health systems and public health are highlighted where particularly the influence of discrimination on health is emphasized.

The three themes of the course is consistently connected to inequity in health as well as migration. The later concerns health and human rights as a predictor for migration, yet also the potential health effects of migration.


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Tuition Fee

Please contact the department.
EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Christer Ek, Studievägledare (student counselor), 031-786 30 74, visiting hours: Monday and Wednesday: 14:00-15:00


School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Box 463
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 18A

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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