Many populations around the world are not provided adequate access to health services and facilities and do not enjoy the conditions necessary for a healthy life. Discrimination, inequality, scarcity of resources, and non-enforcement of legal rights all contribute to this problem. The LL.M. in Health and Human Rights allows a student to study these problems in depth from a legal perspective to identify strategies that can help to realize the promise of the right to health.
The LL.M. in Health and Human Rights allows for a personalized plan of study that focuses on the student’s interests. The degree requires 24 credits in approved courses, including 4-6 required credits for faculty-supervised research and writing at the law school. At least 14 credits are taken at the law school: 4-6 credits of supervised research, and the rest from courses in the law school’s Health Law Concentration and/ or International Law Concentration, as determined in consultation with the faculty advisor.
Up to 10 credits may be earned by cross-registering at the University at Albany for the following courses:
- Global Health
- Health and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach
- Foundations of Human Rights
Global Health and Health and Human Rights are offered by the UAlbany School of Public Health; Foundations of Human Rights is offered at UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
Students are strongly encouraged to cross-register for these three UAlbany courses, but may complete the degree requirements by taking all 24 credits from courses listed in Albany Law School’s Health Law and/or International Law Concentration.
The Law School partners with the UAlbany Global Institute for Health & Human Rights where there are research and internship opportunities. An experiential learning component will be encouraged.