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Title: Applying the Rights Based Approach in achieving health related SDGs.
Keywords: SDGs
Human rights
Health Policy
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Course coordinator: Maureen McGowan
Astrid Berner-Rodoreda
Date start: 2024-05-13
Date end: 2024-05-17
About duration and dates: Application open from 15.09.2023 until last Friday before course start.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, EG 006
69120 Heidelberg
ECTS credit points: 2 ECTS credits
SIT: 60 SIT (30 hours lectures/contact time, 15 hours group work
and presentations, 15 hours self-directed learning, of which 10
hours are allocated for pre-reading before course start + 5
additional hours for individual assignment after course end.)
Language: English
Description: By the end of the course participants should be able to:
• Critically appraise the importance of the rights-based
approach in achieving the promise of the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind,” focusing
on health-related SDGs.
• Debate key international, national and regional mechanisms
designed to protect and promote human rights within the health
• Design strategies to advocate for and monitor the application
of human rights principles in the health sector to achieve health
related SDGs.
Assessment Procedures: Course participants are expected to attend teaching sessions full-time and participate actively in discussions and group assignments.

Assessment is based on an individual written assignment(approx. 1000 words); The writing task will be introduced during the first day of the course and will be submitted two weeks after course ends. The participant can choose between two options:

• An essay arguing the advantages and disadvantages of a health policy or a public health law from a human rights perspective.

• An essay on a critical reflection of a human rights health related approach on a topic covered in the course (disability,access to medicine, people in prisons, justification of restrictions etc.)

If the student fails to reach the passing grade of 60%, they will be able to submit a new written assignment on a different topic to be agreed upon together with the course coordinator and to
be submitted no later than 2 weeks after receiving assessment result. Resit results are not capped.
Content: • Theoretical framework and general concepts and principles of human rights, their relationship to and impact within the health sector

• Roles of state and non-state actors in terms of rights-holders and duty-bearers

• Rights based approach in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind,” with particular emphasis on health-related SDGs.

• Critically reflecting on pertinent issues such as access to medicines, disability, people in prisons, refugees from a health rights point of view

• Country case studies about integration of a human rights-based approach into health policies, strategies, programming,implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation, with relation to indicators of health-related SDGs.
Methods: The course aims to initiate an active participatory learning process. It uses a combination of lectures, case studies, films
and discussions in plenary (= total 30 hours), group work and presentations (= total 15 hours) and self-study (=15 hours).
Prerequisites: English: TOEFL test 5.5 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent language skills
Attendance: Maximum number of students (including tropEd students): 25
Minimum number for the course to take place: 6
First come, first served
Fees: tropEd students: 500 EUR
General admission: 750 EUR
Major changes since initial accreditation: (with Dr. Florian Neuhann retiring and the GIZ representative being less available, course facilitation was transferred within HIGH)
Student evaluation: Positive

● Good to have facilitators present at all sessions to have thread running through the course, facilitating the integration of different topics in the overall course objectives
● Good to have affected people in the course as input-givers
● Generally, a great selection of very pertinent topics, especially the link between the sessions to Covid.
● Particularly good preparation and engaging session by the Global Fund team,
● “This course contains topics of great importance to global health, although we have looked at some topics during the past courses, but this week was something else we learned from people with experience from the Global fund”.
● Seeing the importance of human rights as a common factor in reaching the SDGs.
● Recommend this as one of the compulsory courses in the Master of International Health


● Longer in-depth session on the SDGs
● Course is well organized, however seems to be very compact and one week isn’t enough to go through the topics in details
Lessons learned: ● Incorporate current debates (e.g. forced migration/refugees; environmental health aspects/ climate justice)

● Continue good mix of expert presentations, films,participants’ presentations from country, debates, role-plays or other interactive elements

● Involve affected people (e.g. disability) in course units.
tropEd accreditation:
This course is accredited in Antwerp GA meeting, October 2017. This accreditation is valid until October 2022. Re-accredited EC Telco, Nov. 2023
Remarks: This course has evolved from the “Health and Human Rights” course offered by Heidelberg IGH over the years.The originally 2-weeks course has been re-structured and condensed into this new 5-day course.

In the past, this course has been jointly coordinated by Huzeifa Bodal: GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) and Dr. Florian Neuhann: University of Heidelberg, Institute of Public Health. In 2022, it was
coordinated by Dr. Florian Neuhann and Astrid Berner-Rodoreda from the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. Both bring many years of experience in the field of development,HIV and human rights also from outside academia. The course
was conducted with additional input by WHO, international foundations like the Medicines Patent Pool and human rights,disability and imprisonment and health experts.
The various course lecturers bring forth a diverse academic and organizational background such a Medicine, Law, Ethics, Administration and Development from practitioners working in
international organizations such as WHO, GIZ, INGO’s, etc.
These experts present and share their knowledge and experience in the field of human rights in health.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2017-10-22 15:08:11 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-10-22 19:22:30 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2024-01-23 10:29:28 (W3C-DTF)

Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany