Health and Human Rights Journal
Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health is proud to be co-publishing the Health and Human Rights Journal in collaboration with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.
Health and Human Rights began publication in 1994 under the editorship of Dornsife's founding dean, Dr. Jonathan Mann. The current Editor-in-Chief of the journal is Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Dornsife's Director of the Office of Global Health, Director of the Jonathan Mann Global Health and Human Rights Initiative, and Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention.
Drexel Dornsife has co-published the journal with the Harvard FXB Center since 2019.
Health and Human Rights provides an inclusive forum for action-oriented dialogue among human rights practitioners. The journal endeavors to increase access to human rights knowledge in the health field by linking an expanded community of readers and contributors.
Following the lead of a growing number of open access publications, the full text of Health and Human Rights is available for free to anyone with internet access.
Health and Human Rights focuses rigorous scholarly analysis on the conceptual foundations and challenges of rights discourse and action in relation to health. The journal is dedicated to empowering new voices from the field — highlighting the innovative work of groups and individuals in direct engagement with human rights struggles as they relate to health.
We seek to foster engaged scholarship and reflective activism. In doing so, we invite informed action to realize the full spectrum of human rights.
Dornsife students and faculty who are interested in contributing to the Health and Human Rights Journal's essay opportunities or special sections should reach out to Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH.
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November 8, 2023 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Dornsife's Director of the Office of Global Health, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Health and Human Rights Journal.
June 8, 2022 — Nina Sun, JD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Deputy Director of Global Health, and Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Director of the Office of Global Health, collaborated with Mu Lin, a scholar based in Beijing, to examine China’s digital surveillance of people arrested for drug use.
April 7, 2022 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Dornsife's Director of the Office of Global Health, co-authored this viewpoint piece that shines a light on how the "pandemic treaty" must consider vulnerable populations.
February 2, 2022 — Yazid Barhoush, MPH student and Dornsife International Research Fellow, wrote about human rights obligations on Israel to release Palestinian prisoners.
January 27, 2022 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Dornsife's Director of the Office of Global Health and Nina Sun, JD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Deputy Director of Global Health, joined Alexandrina Iovita, Ralf Jurgens, and Joanne Csete in co-authoring this article asserting that programs need to recognize discrimination as a human rights issue.
June 16, 2021 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Director of the Office of Global Health, along with João Bieh and Lucas E. A. Prates, assess the potential impact of Brazil's judiciary on addressing systemic violence and advancing human rights.
May 20, 2021 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Director of the Office of Global Health, and Els Torreele, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London, talked with leading health experts and activists about the battle for COVID vaccine equity, the challenges, opportunities, lessons learned from previous access battles, and progress being made.
February 28, 2021 — PhD candidate Caroline Voyles, MPH, and professor Randall Sell, ScD, write that Pete Buttigieg’s historic appointment as the first openly LGBTQ cabinet member in the United States and Dr. Rachel Levine’s potential to become the first openly transgender person to receive Senate confirmation of a presidential pick do indeed raise hope. However, LGBTQ people are underrepresented in the Biden administration, and in elected and appointed government positions in general.
December 8, 2020 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Director of the Office of Global Health; Nina Sun, JD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Deputy Director of Global Health; Kenechukwu Esom; and Mandeep Dhaliwal outline key harms related to digital technologies for health, as well as ethical and human rights standards relevant to their use.
September 8, 2020 — Dornsife's Director of the Office of Global Health, Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, co-moderated a discussion with the past and current United Nations experts (“special rapporteurs”) on the right to health.
June 18, 2020 – Research co-authored by Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, Director of the Office of Global Health, demonstrates that the Public Defender’s Office plays an important role in right-to-health litigation, expanding it to geographically and socioeconomically diverse environments.
April 23, 2020 – Viewpoint by Nina Sun, JD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Deputy Director of Global Health. Sun calls on HRC for a General Comment on Siracusa for practical guidance in crises like COVID to protect human rights and hold states accountable.
April 16, 2020 – Virtual Roundtable on human rights and COVID around the world and emerging concerns such as police brutality, authoritarian rule, older people's rights, and privacy.
March 24, 2020 — Dornsife's Director of the Office of Global Health, Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, says detention centers and prisons must take steps now to limit COVID-19 spread in confined and crowded conditions, in this piece for the Health and Human Rights Journal.
December 10, 2019 — This new partnership not only celebrates the shared history of the two schools, it is also an opportunity for both institutions to communicate, through the journal, in ways that will increase the impact of each institution’s work advancing research, practice and important discussions about health and human rights, while moving forward with Mann’s original mission for the journal.
December 9, 2019 – Editorial dedicated to founding editor Jonathan Mann and to Albina du Boisrouvray. Authors include Dean Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, and Director of the Office of Global Health, Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH.
October 1, 2019 – Research by C. H. Voyles, MPH, PhD student in Community Health and Prevention, and Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities.
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