Online Course: Research and Practice in Health and Human Rights

Date: Tue, Jul 5 2022
Time: -
Place: Zoom

The Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA) in collaboration with The Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (ICPH/BZU), and the World Health Organization (WHO-oPt) are pleased to invite you to register to attend an online course on Research and Practice in Health and Human Rights. The online course will take place on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of July 2022 from 13:00 pm – 16:00 pm (Jerusalem time). It targets enthusiastic professionals working on the issues of human rights and health from various disciplines, and fields of practice. The language of the course is English and internationals are strongly welcomed to attend.
Course objectives:

This course examines the intersection of health and human rights in theory and in practice.  Promotion and protection of human rights and promotion and protection of health are fundamentally linked; health policies and programs can promote respect, protection and promotion of human rights and human rights principles through their design and implementation; conversely, systemic or structural deficits can negatively impact human rights’ protection. Meanwhile, documentation of human rights violations and promoting accountability for effective protection and prevention of violations can be central to improving health outcomes, particularly where mortality and morbidity are closely linked to such violations.

Recognition of this inherent interconnectedness is at the core of the growing field of study and practice in health and human rights and it informs the readings, lectures, and discussions of this course. The focus of the course topics, lectures and discussions will include: the establishment of the United Nations and international laws and conventions related to the right to human rights and the right to health; the relationship between health and human rights in theory and practice; a conceptual framework for the right to health and determinants of the health; human rights violations and their impact on health in  the Palestinian Territory; and global and local activism and litigation to promote health and human rights and inform public health needs. The course will conclude with recommendations towards practical ways to advocate effectively for the right to health in Palestinian Territory.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

•    Critically appraise the concepts and normative frameworks of the right to health.
•    Conceptualize and understand the political, economic, cultural, and social determinants of health, including through a political, economic, cultural, or social perspective.
•    Identify international human rights treaties and conventions and other key documents, as well as  the Israeli and Palestinian laws and regulations, relevant to the right to health, in addition to applying these instruments to specific case studies in Palestinian Territory.
•    Apply the principles of the right to health and a human rights-based approach to health to Palestinian Territory. 
•    Explain and understand the inextricable link and the synergy – and potential contradictions – between health and human rights.
•    Understand the obligations of health practitioners and be aware of the right of patients and health providers.
•    Identify human rights violations and their implications on health and well-being.
•    Collect a list of recommendations on developing and applying human rights-based approach and expanding advocacy for the right to health in Palestinian Territory.

The course will be conducted using zoom where participants are expected to be fully committed to attend all sessions on all three days. To register for the course please use this link no later than 16th June, 2022.

All applications will be reviewed and selected. Participants will be notified by June 18th, 2022 at the latest about their registration status. Please note that a certificate of participation will be distributed at the end of the course for those who attend all sessions.