Health and Human Rights: Teaching Pack

This teaching pack on health and human rights was developed by the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator in collaboration with human rights lawyer Alicia Ely Yamin. It introduces students to this interdisciplinary topic through a series of three videos, in which Yamin uses narrative to introduce the concepts of health and human rights, explain how they are related to each other, and articulate why they matter in today’s world.

The videos are accompanied by tools for further learning, including an annotated bibliography, glossary of terms, timeline of key events, and factsheet on universal health coverage.

Video series:

Introduction to Human Rights: In the first video, Yamin explains what human rights are and why they are important for everyone around the world.

A Brief History of Health and Human Rights: In the second video, she offers a brief history of health and human rights since World War II.

Health, Human Rights, and the Sustainable Development Agenda: In the third video, Yamin describes how health-related human rights developed during the era of the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) and the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030). The series concludes in video three by considering the vital role that human rights plays in diverse political environments.

Health and Human Rights: Teaching Pack


Health and Human Rights: Teaching Pack. Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University.