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Health, Human Rights and the Physcian


Enrichment Elective - ELEC 5049



Shannon Murray                              


Eric Gonzales

Class Schedule

(Classes will meet on the following days from 12- 1:00 pm in room 2.019 )


Week 1 September 2
Week 2 September 9
Week 3 September 16
Week 4 September 23
Week 5 October 7
Week 6 October 14
Week 7 October 28
Week 8 November 4
Week 9 November 11
Week 10 November 18



Course Description:

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Health, Human Rights and the Physician is a survey course in which each hour covers a different Health and Human Rights topic. Nine weekly sessions, each 50 minutes, will be held over the course of the spring semester.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of what are human rights and what human rights issues are relevant to the practice of medicine and delivery of appropriate healthcare. Students will gain a better understanding of the ever increasingly apparent global problems that exist. This course aims to better equip students to address these relevant health and human rights issues as future physicians.

There are no restrictions or prerequisites to enroll except the willingness to learn. Course materials will include assigned readings and short video segments. To complement lecture and discussion, guest speakers with specific insight into these topics will be invited to lecture and answer questions on the assigned topic for that week.

Students are expected to have read the assigned articles and be prepared to participate in discussion based on the readings and video segments.

Course Objectives:

This course has been designed to fulfill various course objectives that, if completed, would allow students to become proficient in the following areas:

1.3 Demonstrate respect for human dignity; understanding its importance and how to behave

1.6 Demonstrate appropriate patient advocacy; patient advocacy, importance of, principles, apply

1.7 Understand the non-medical factors that impact health; introduction to the economic, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual factors that impact health.

1.8 Understand issues of access to health care; introduction to the medical, economic, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual factors

2.7 Demonstrate knowledge of systems of healthcare delivery; introduction to the various systems of healthcare delivery and the advantages and disadvantages of various systems of healthcare delivery.

Course Credit:

Students must attend a minimum of 7 of the 9 scheduled classes in order to receive credit for the course. A sign-up sheet will be placed at the front of the classroom and will be the sole means of determining class attendance. Students who do not sign in will not receive credit for that day’s attendance. Students discovered signing in for another will be permanently excused from the course.  Academic dishonesty, as a university policy and good general moral rule of thumb, will not be tolerated. 

Assignments (Optional):

Over the course of the term, students are encouraged to think about a topic related to one of the health and human rights topics discussed in the course and submit (at the end of the term) a one to two page summary and commentary on their chosen topic. Commentaries and summaries can include references to articles or modifications on how the topic was covered in the course to include additional materials and coverage.