Section 13 Cases for Teaching and Learning

Case studies for Section 13, Ethics, Projects and Human Rights: The Future of Global Health.

Ted Smalley Bowen and Kirsten Lundberg, When BEST Intentions Go Awry: Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh

This case introduces students to a project aimed at mitigating the health effects of arsenic contamination in groundwater in Bangladesh. Students consider what actions would be best to take when false rumors begin to fly that this arsenic-mitigation project is poisoning villagers. The case includes mini-biographies of the real people involved in this project.


Ruth Palmer, The Elusive Tuberculosis Case: The CDC and Andrew Speaker

This case explores a conflict between individual liberty and effective disease control. It follows the CDC’s decision-making process regarding travel restrictions for a man with drug-resistant tuberculosis.


Vivek Srinavasan and Sudha Narayanan, Food Policy and Social Movements: Reflections on the Right to Food Campaign in India

This case engages the complicated relationships between activists advocating for food justice in Rajasthan, India, and the Indian government. Students consider a variety of policy options in working toward food justice.

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