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PUBH738 Global Health Law and Global Health Ethics

Developing law for public health in contemporary society; law and non-communicable diseases; impact of globalisation and international law; ethical implications; relationships between global law for health and the environment.

This paper analyses emerging ideas on global public health law and global health ethics and how international law, including international trade law and intellectual property law, impacts on public health. It discusses legal and ethical issues arising from application of public health law to diseases of the 21st century with global dimensions (NCDs, chronic disease); globalisation and communicable disease; global law in relation to health and the environment.

This paper includes a compulsory one-day workshop in Wellington.  Date TBC, but likely to be Monday 15 April 2019, 9am - 5pm.

Completion of PUBH 737 is strongly recommended, but not mandatory.

Paper title Global Health Law and Global Health Ethics
Paper code PUBH738
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (29 April 2019 - 14 June 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,400.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,934.75

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Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) Includes a one-day workshop in Wellington. (iii) This paper runs for the second half of first semester.
Course outline
  1. The one-day block course lays a foundation for the rest of the paper and provides an introduction to general concepts of 'global health law': what it is, where it is, and how to understand it. It also covers aspects of global health ethics, ways it might differ from ethical ideas relevant to public health issues nationally and locally
  2. Building on the first module, this module reviews several of the main World Trade Organization legal frameworks that have implications for public health (eg GATT and TRIPS) as well as trade and investment agreements outside the WTO framework. It will summarise international frameworks relevant to specific health issues (tobacco, alcohol and drugs), outline how New Zealand law addresses those issues, and overview relevant ethical issues
  3. This module expands on the review of GATS with implications for public health; considers international law in relation to several global health issues (gambling, food and nutrition, breast milk substitutes), noting the ethical dimensions of these issues; and summarises relevant New Zealand law
  4. This module focuses on international human rights law and communicable disease in our globalised world, discussing legal frameworks that apply to both communicable diseases and other global health issues, highlighting relevant ethical issues
  5. This module analyses the relationship at the global level between international environmental law and global health. Ethical ideas are fundamental to this theme
  6. This module summarises a range of issues identified in international/global law, with a focus on the implementation mechanisms and incentives that promote efficacy. It reviews possible directions in international/global health law and explores proposals, taking into account global ethical perspectives. It looks at the options for change to international trade and investment law and proposals for international/global law relevant to new health topics
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent. It is strongly recommended that candidates will have completed PUBH 737 Public Health Law and Ethics - Fundamentals, but this is not mandatory.
Contact

Department of Public Health, Wellington Campus: publichealth.wellington@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff
Paper Convenor: Louise Delany
Paper Structure

The paper comprises six modules and is internally assessed.

    Assessments:

    • Short answer exercise - 10%
    • Essay 1 - 35%
    • Essay 2 - 50%
    • Recognition of participation - 5%
    Teaching Arrangements

    Distance taught with weekly or fortnightly Zoom conferences.
    Weekly webinars will be held on Mondays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm for the duration of the course.
    One-day workshop in Wellington, Tuesday 23 April 2019, 9am - 5pm.
    Attendance at the one-day workshop is compulsory.

    Textbooks
    L. O. Gostin: (2014) Global Health Law 2014, Cambridge: Harvard University Press
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete this paper will
    • Acquire skills in finding and understanding international law relevant to contemporary public health issues, learning how global law is implemented in national law in NZ and recognising ethical implications
    • Understand international governance frameworks, in particular international trade law, investment law, intellectual property law, international environmental law, international human rights law, and international health law, and understand how law in NZ currently addresses selected non-communicable disease risk factors and communicable diseases, along with a consideration of ethical implications
    • Develop ideas for the future in global public health law/ethics, noting national and global legal frameworks and relationships between public health, law and the environment

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    Timetable

    1st Non standard period (29 April 2019 - 14 June 2019)

    Location
    Wellington
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
    Moodle