T1 Electives


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Health and Human Rights-TRMD 6100

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a forum for discussion of pertinent issues in global health and human rights and to motivate students to become active advocates for their resolution. Students will participate in weekly discussions with local and national experts in public health, clinical medicine, and health sciences research who are also strong advocates for human rights. The speakers will stress the importance of addressing the underlying social, political, and economic factors influencing health. Speakers will give examples from their background and the motivations for their career choices and discuss the skills and strategies necessary to become effective advocates for health and human rights.

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Course Learning Objectives

  • Define and describe human rights and their relevance to biological health.
  • Identify and describe the diverse biological, social, political, and economic factors that influence health.
  • Identify and describe the health professional’s role in addressing these diverse factors.
  • Identify and describe practical organizing and advocacy skills and how to apply them to create positive change.

Student Evaluation  

  1. Writing assignment (35% of grade). Each student will be required to compose a brief (<3 pages) research concept paper assessing a socially/politically relevant aspect of public health. 
  2. Student presentation (35% of grade). Each group of students will be required to compose a brief presentation (15-20 min) on a topic of human rights interest of their choice and to provide a brief overview of the topic, 1-2 programs focused on the topic, and propose advocacy steps for its betterment. 
  3. Class attendance and participation (30% of grade). Students are expected to attend class regularly and participate constructively in the discussion. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of one class (with permission).

Course Instructors

Anjali Niyogi, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Office: Tulane Medical School, Dept. of Internal Medicine
Phone (504) 988-7518;  Fax (504) 988-8252; Email
Office hours by appointment

Daniel Bausch, MD, MPH&TM
Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine/Senior Consultant, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Phone +41 22 791 3413; Fax: +41 22 791 4878; Email
Office hours by appointment

Dates and Course Information

Spring Semester (Period I only)/Elective Session 3
Wednesdays 12:45-2:15, Classroom TW1210

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112