Teaching Assistants Needed for Health and Human Rights Course

The Pozen Center is looking for Teaching Assistants for our Winter Quarter 2022 course, Health and Human Rights, HMRT 21400!

This course attempts to define health and health care in the context of human rights theory and practice. Does a "right to health" include a "right to health care"? We delineate health care financing in the United States and compare these systems with those of other nations. We explore specific issues of health and medical practice as they interface in areas of global conflict: torture, landmines, and poverty. Readings and discussions explore social determinants of health: housing, educational institutions, employment, and the fraying of social safety nets. We study vulnerable populations: foster children, refugees, and the mentally ill. Lastly, does a right to health include a right to pharmaceuticals? What does the big business of drug research and marketing mean for our own country and the world? 

Instructors: Renslow Sherer, MD, University of Chicago Professor of Medicine and Evan Lyon, MD, Illinois Director, Partners in Health. 

Interested parties may send a cover letter and CV indicating their interest to Renslow Sherer, MD, rsherer@bsd.uchicago.edu 

Criteria for Health and Human Rights Teaching Assistants are as follows:  

  • PhD or PhD candidate with Master's Degree 
  • Demonstrated commitment to Human Rights by scholarship and practice 
  • Familiarity with subject areas for Health and Human Rights Course 
  • At least one year’s experience as Teaching Assistant in past, including grading papers, managing a discussion group, and providing mid-term and final grades 
  • Familiarity with health and human rights 
  • Knowledgeable about CANVAS and course administration at the University of Chicago 

TA Responsibilities:   

  • Attend all lectures and discussion groups
  • Read required and suggested readings, 
  • Facilitate discussion groups
  • Monitor and support CANVAS course site 
  • Hold individual conferences with students as needed 
  • Review midterm and final papers, and assess student participation in lectures and discussion groups