HYBRID Institute for Public Health Annual Conference and Poster Session: “Health as a Human Right”

October 26, 2022
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC; Medical Campus)

“Health as a Human Right”


Hosted by the Institute for Public Health

Held by all human beings — regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or other status — human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, and the rights to work, family, movement and education.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition is expansive, conceptualizing health as not merely biomedical and pathology-focused but one that is measured by general “well-being”. Including both mental and social well-being in the definition greatly expands the understanding of which actors are involved in health – it is not only doctors and nurses, but other institutions and society at large.

The Institute for Public Health 15th Annual Conference will explore the concept of health as a human right and how health affects the enjoyment of our human rights, while lack of access to human rights can affect our health. Our speakers and the audience will discuss the positive and negative impacts of health policies and practices on human rights and what happens when we fail to protect, or even violate a person’s human rights.

The Institute for Public Health Annual Conference is presented in person with university health guidelines in place. Online access will also be provided. For purposes of audience participation, we encourage in-person attendance. In addition to Q&A with panelists, we plan to include keynote presentations, and a poster session. Light food & beverages will be provided. Additional details will be released in the coming months. Please visit our event page for more information.