Global Health, Law & Policy

SLN #: 26178
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 020
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Abbott;HODGE JR.;Gartner

Course Description:
Global health has been forced onto the political and legal agendas by challenging problems such as HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza, new infectious diseases, malnutrition and obesity, the abuse of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, health inequalities and the threat of bioterrorism. These problems have also broadened global health as a field from a focus on cross-border infections to concerns for security, development and human rights. An innovative body of treaties, regulations and “soft law” is now emerging, implemented by institutions such as the World Health and World Trade Organizations. Private actors – from Doctors Without Borders to drug companies to the Gates Foundation – and public-private partnerships also play essential roles. Yet these actors often differ sharply over priorities and strategies. This course will introduce the major actors, institutions and legal arrangements in global health. It will consider contested issues including controlling the spread of infectious disease, making health care and public health services available to all, defining a human right to health, financing global health, providing access to patented drugs, and regulating the use of tobacco. The course will emphasize the role of partnerships and other institutional innovations, both in promoting global health and as a model for addressing other global challenges.

This is a 2 credit course, but students can register for an optional 1 credit independent study for an extra paper, which will fulfill the graduation writing requirement.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes, short written exercises with in-class presentation and discussion
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: None. Students may benefit from having taken Public International Law, International Institutions, Health Law and Policy, or Public Health Law and Ethics.
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: None
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: Take-Home
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: See under
Participation Points: 10% of final grade for class participation, including attendance
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: See under

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.