MPH Context Certificate: Social Justice, Human Rights, and Health Equity

Health is strongly affected by racism, sexism, poverty, violence, and discrimination. Consequently, public health strategies that promote human rights and social justice are needed to empower vulnerable and marginalized populations, including the elderly and immigrants, to improve their health and well-being. This certificate equips students to engage communities at the local, state, country, and global levels to address critical public health problems in a human rights framework.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Apply principles of human rights and social justice to analyze public health problems, and to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of national and international public health policies and programs.
  • Analyze public health problems and solutions to foster social justice and human rights.
  • Use the principles of human rights and social justice to address inequalities and disparities that continue to plague public health programs.
  • Develop strategies for human rights and social justice advocacy in public health policy and program planning.
  • Describe the roles of history, power, privilege, and structural inequality in producing health disparities.

Course Requirements

  • LW 740 Health and Human Rights (4 cr)
  • LW 840 Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights (4 cr)
  • Choose 4 credits from the following:
    • EP 775 Social Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • GH 770 Poverty, Health, and Development (4 cr)
    • GH 795 Global AIDS Epidemic (4 cr)
    • GH 750 Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Inequity (4 cr)
    • LW 709 Healthcare Rationing: Medicine, Markets, and Morals (2 cr)
    • LW 725 Ethical Issues in Medicine and Public Health (4 cr)
    • LW 854 Mental Health Law & Ethics (4 cr)
    • MC 775 Social Justice and the Health of Populations: Racism and Other Systems of Oppression in America (4 cr)
    • MC 785 Reproductive Health Advocacy: From Rights to Justice (2 cr)
    • MC 786 Immigrant Family Health: Public Health Across Borders (4 cr)
    • MC 815 Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy (4 cr)
    • SB 860 Strategies for Public Health Advocacy (4 cr)