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Mailman School of Public Health

The Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

intro | relationship to health | key standards, actors & venues | forms of work | role of the US | conclusion


The purpose of this module is to introduce you to information about human rights, especially the relationships between rights and health, and the obligations toward rights in the US , that is useful for a well-rounded public health professional.  If you take a course on human rights in the Mailman School or in other Schools at Columbia , then this information will help you engage actively with the faculty and other students.  If you never take a course in human rights, you will still have core knowledge on the topic to apply in the situations you will study and in which you will work, and to follow the evolving debates about rights that arise every day in the US and globally.


To learn how well you have retained the information presented in this module, continue on to the Human Rights exam. Satisfactory completion of the module requires passage of an online examination with a score of 80% or better. Should you receive a score below 80%, please contact Lynne Loomis-Price at, so that your test may be reset.

Remember, the outside links included in the module are for your information and interest. For the online examination, you are only responsible for the information provided in this module, please make sure you also read the glossary.

You will need to log into Columbia University's CourseWorks System to take the exam. You will need your UNI and password to log in. If you do not know your UNI and password, there are links at the bottom of the CourseWorks page that will explain what your UNI is and how to activate it if you have not already done so.

Upon successful login, you will see a listing of the courses for which you have access. Choose the site for this module. Once at that site, you will see a link on the left side of the screen to the "Test & Quiz" area. Follow that link to take the available exam for this module.