Applying the Rights Based Approach in Achieving Health Related SDGs

Kliniken &… Institute Heidelberger Institut… Teaching Short Courses Short Courses in… Applying the Rights…
  • Tuition Fees: General Admission €750, tropEd €500
  • 1-week course equals 60 hrs of student investment time (30 hrs of lectures, 15 hrs of group work and presentations and 15 hrs self-directed learning), TropEd students can earn 2 ECTS points
  • Open to: tropEd students, public health professionals and other health professionals

Entry Requirements

This Course is held in English. Course participants should have excellent command/high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. 

Content Overview

This course covers the theoretical framework, general concepts, and principles of human rights as well as their relationship to and impact within the health sector. The focus of this course is on a rights-based approach in achieving the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind” with particular emphasis on health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs) and vulnerable populations. We will also look into how access to medicines can be improved worldwide, particularly for LMICs. The course will use case studies for the integration of a human rights-based approach into health policies. Course participants will also learn about advocating for the inclusion of human rights principles into the health sector and the roles state and non-state actors carry in terms of rights-holders and duty-bearers.

Course Topics

  • Human Rights, Global Health, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
  • Access to Medicines, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Right to Health 
  • Health Policy and Practise: 
    • Country examples 
    • The right to health applied in special fields (Health in remote areas/crisis situations, Disability, Mental Health/Illness, Drug Use, Detention) 
  • WHO Pandemic Treaty

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Course participants should be able to:

  • Critically appraise the importance of the rights based approach in achieving the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind,” focusing on health related SDGs.
  • Debate key international, national and regional mechanisms designed to protect and promote human rights within the health sector.
  • Design strategies to advocate for and monitor the application of human rights principles in the health sector to achieve health related SDGs.


▪ Heidelberg Institute of Global Health Dr. Astrid Berner-Rodoreda, Maureen McGowan, Dr. Maureen Dar Iang, apl. Prof. Volker Winkler
▪ Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Dr. Omowamiwa Kolawole
▪ Medicines Patent Pool Foundation, Geneva Esteban Burrone
▪ Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences Prof. Heino Stöver
▪ Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine, Heidelberg Dr. Nadia Primc
▪ Clinic for General Psychiatry, Heidelberg Dr. Marie Otte

Schedule & Certification

Most of the short courses require full-time attendance from Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5 pm. On Fridays courses generally finish around noon If not stated otherwise, all classes and activities will also run on public holidays.

Students and course participants must attend full-time and successfully complete all the assessment components in order to receive a certificate of attendance or a grade report from Heidelberg University. tropEd students will be able to credit short courses towards the Master's programme at their home institution.

Course Fee

  • General Admittance: € 750.-
  • tropEd students: € 500.-

Included in the course fee is a non-refundable registration fee of € 200.-
Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.
Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available.
If the participant withdraws from the course

  • less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged.

The tuition fee does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.