This course is discontinued

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Course content

Inequalities in access to health care, combined with increases in the costs of health care, have fueled debates about social justice. This course explores different concepts of distributive justice in health and health care, and answers questions such as:

  • What makes health and health care special in the context of distribution?
  • Is inequality in access to health care, and inequality in health, a moral problem?
  • When is rationing fair?
  • Should we be held responsible for our health?

Learning outcome

This course aims at giving students up-to-date knowledge on a variety of issues of distributive justice within the health care context.


Students who are admitted to study programmes or individual courses at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for by registering a study plan in StudentWeb


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with HME4208 – Just health care (discontinued)


Language of tuition: English


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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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