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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: Huzeifa Bodal
Dr. Florian Neuhann
About duration and dates: 1 week + 10 hours pre-reading before course start and additional 5 hours for individual assignment after course end
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Institute of Public Health
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, Room 007
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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
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 sector.
• 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 one week after course end the latest. The participant can choose between two options:
• Policy brief for audiences such as decision-makers in the ministry of health, members of health committees in parliament, etc.
• An essay arguing the advantages and disadvantages of a health policy or a public health law.

If the student fails to reach the passing grade of 60% s/he 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 not later than 2 weeks after receiving assessment result.
• Theoretical framework and general concepts and principles of human rights, their relationship to and impact within the health sector
• Rights based approach in achieving the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind,” with particular emphasis on health related SDGs.
• 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
• Policy briefs for advocating application of human rights principles in the health sector.
• Roles of state and non-state actors in terms of rights-holders and duty-bearers
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).
English: TOEFL test 5.5 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent language skills
Maximum number of students (including tropEd students): 25
First come, first served
tropEd students: 500 EUR
General admission: 750 EUR
tropEd accreditation:
This course is accredited in Antwerp GA meeting, October 2017. This accreditation is valid until October 2022.
This course has evolved from the “Health and Human Rights” course offered by Heidelberg IPH over the last years. The originally 2-weeks course has been re-structured and condensed into this new 5-day course.

This course is jointly coordinated by two people:
Huzeifa Bodal: GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation)
Dr. Florian Neuhann: University of Heidelberg, Institute of Public Health

The various course lecturers bring forth a diverse academic and organizational background such a Medicine, Law, Ethics, Administration 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: 2023-01-24 13:08:51 (W3C-DTF)

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