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Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health

Summer School Health and Human Rights - The Global Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases

From:Mo 09-07-2018 09:00
Until:Fr 13-07-2018 17:00
Where:Academy Building (Room A2), University of Groningen, Broerstraat 5, 9712 CP Groningen
Summer School Health and Human Rights
Summer School Health and Human Rights

Summer School Health and Human Rights - The Global Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases

Most deaths that currently occur globally are the result of ‘non-communicable’ diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases, most cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Although medical science plays an important role in reducing these diseases, law and policy are also crucial, in particular as they can ensure access to prevention, treatment and care, and address behavioural risk factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and a lack of physical exercise. This summer school promotes understanding about how law and policy can best be framed to address the global increase in chronic diseases. Taking a human rights approach, key focus areas include securing equitable access to essential medicines, as well as possibilities to regulate behavioural risk factors, in particular smoking and unhealthy diets. Through interactive teaching methods, and against the backdrop of insights from health science, participants will enhance their understanding of how human rights and domestic law come into play, and how a global and domestic response can best be defined and implemented.

A range of key experts will give lectures in this course, including Dr. Machteld Hylkema (UMCG), Dr. Jasper Been (Erasmus MC), and Mr. David Patterson (IDLO), and Mrs. Laura Houtenbos (Dutch Cancer Society).

Course Information

Target group

This course targets a multidisciplinary audience. It is attractive to students with backgrounds in medicine, law, and health sciences with a keen interest in health and human rights, early career researchers in these areas, and (law and policy) practitioners and civil society representatives working in the field of (global) health governance who aim to learn more on how to use law as a normative framework and regulatory tool.

Level requirements

This summer course is intended for Bachelor students and (research) Master students in law, health science, health economics, and medicine, early career researchers, civil society representatives, and (law and policy practitioners).

The summer school programme will start on Monday 9 July 2018 at 9AM and end on Friday 13 July 2018 at 5PM.

We recommend participants to arrive before Sunday 2PM, so they can participate in the welcoming activities.

Lecturers include experienced health and human rights specialists Prof. Brigit Toebes and dr. Marie Elske Gispen (RUG), experts with a background in medicine and health science Prof Annemieke Hoek and dr. Machteld Hylkema (UMCG), and dr. Jasper Been (Erasmus MC), and experienced policy and practice specialists Mr. David

Patterson (IDLO), and Ms. Laura Houtenbos (Dutch Cancer Society).

Learning outcomes

After this course you are able to:

  • Have a sound understanding of the NCD pandemic and risk factors, applicable international and domestic law
  • Apply the international legal framework to NCDs
  • Make concrete proposals for NCD law and policy in a domestic setting
Workload + certificate

Participants will receive preparatory readings in advance of the summer school. During the week they will have approximately 30 contact hours and about 8 hours of group work. After successful completion of the summer school, a certificate of attendance will be awarded.

Language requirements

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .