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Health equality and the right to health

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: MPH212 | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2020
50% Day
Period: 3 November 2020 - 17 January 2021
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

This course introduces the linkages between public health and human rights, with a special focus on health inequalities, injustices and the right to health.The course has three main themes:

1. Philosophical and theoretical foundations: which introduces the philosophical foundations of human rights and the right to health, theories related to social structure and position as they relate to health equality and injustice (e.g. gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic). Also, questions of distributive justice in public health is discussed.

2. Legal standards and frameworks: which addresses the relationship between human rights and public health, including potential tensions between individual rights and public health goals, non-discrimination and the rights of specific groups, as well as and the right to health as a legal standard.

3. Theory and standards into practice: which raises the challenges and opportunities involved in translating human rights theory and legal standards into public health policy and interventions.

The course adopts a problem-based learning perspective, requiring critical and strategic thinking, and includes mix of lectures, group work, debates and discussions. Lectures are given in English, but students who take the course as a freestanding course may submit assignments in Swedish.


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Course Syllabus


Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Bachelor's degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180 credits or equivalent, within the main areas of health science or social science. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 18 000 SEK
First payment: 18 000 SEK

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

Study Guidance

Therese Johansson,
Phone: +46 (0)31 - 786 3653
Phone hours: Monday - Thursday, 13.00 - 14.00
Visiting address Medicinaregatan 3 
Drop in: Tuesday: 14.00 - 16.00


Institute of Medicine
Box 428
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 3, plan 5

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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