Health and Human Rights (13 May – 23 June, 2015)

Course Description

This specialized certificate course introduces participants to the doctrinal, actual and policy related linkages between health and human rights, and the contemporary challenges associated with them. Participants will explore the normative concepts of the right to health as a human right and will also study the intersections between the human right to health on the one hand and some of the other human rights such as the right to life, food, work, development etc. on the other. In addition, participants will explore some of the most important contemporary and emerging issues in the field, and will analyse the role of the international organisations and national governments in framing and implementing appropriate health policies.

The main objectives of the course are to make the participants aware of the different facets of the linkages between health and human rights and the associated challenges; to develop the knowledge necessary for critical analysis of the existing international and national policies affecting health; and to acquaint the participants with tools that can be employed in order to mainstream and address issues concerning health in policy making. Throughout the course, participants will engage in case studies including decisions of various national, regional and international courts of law on the relevant topics. Although gender aspects of health and human rights linkages will be a subject of direct focus in some of the topics covered, the same will also be generally mainstreamed throughout the course. Similarly, several of the topics covered will critically analyse the role of transnational corporations as well as the role of civil society within the health and human rights linkages.

Course Outline

Week 1: Normative concepts of the right to health as a human right; linkages between right to health and other human rights
Week 2: Sexual and reproductive rights; health and human rights linkages in the context of violence against physical integrity of human beings
Week 3: HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases and human rights
Week 4: Mental and physical disabilities, health and human rights
Week 5: Globalisation and the human right to health including implications of international trade, intellectual property rights and labour
Week 6: Health as a development issue: human development policies, Post-2015 Development Goals and health

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for professionals working with governmental, non-governmental, as well as international governmental organizations on issues related to health and human rights. The course is specifically intended for public health policy makers, human rights advocates, field practitioners in the areas of public health and social work, academics, and students interested in the topic. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. UPEACE Human Rights Centre aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.

About the Instructor

Mihir Kanade is the Director of the Human Rights Center at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and is a faculty member in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. Prior to the present position, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He holds a LL.B. from Nagpur University and a Masters degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from UPEACE. He has served extensively as a legal advisor to many human rights organizations, including those involved with refugee protection, and has represented them before different courts and tribunals in criminal, constitutional, asylum, human rights and labour cases. He has also taught several professional certificate online course on the protection of refugees and stateless persons.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.


Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

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Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica