Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights


The Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights is an academic hub engaging in a broadly collaborative justice/rights-based approach to foster Palestinian Health through health research, education, and multidisciplinary community and academic engagement. Addressing the structural drivers of health inequities for Palestinians requires a multidisciplinary approach across the myriad fields, including health, human rights, international law, economics, politics, and history. The Palestine Program’s cross-disciplinary engagement seeks to produce scholarship and programming aimed at elucidating and addressing the structural determinants of health for Palestinians in the occupied territory, Israel, and the diaspora.


Birzeit University logoThe Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights is a partnership program between the FXB Center and the Institute for Community and Public Health at Birzeit University that utilizes a decolonial framework in program development, leadership, and engagement.


Palestine Social Medicine Intensive Summer Course

Palestine Social Medicine Course Header with FXB and Birzeit University logos

The Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights will be hosting its first annual Palestine Social Medicine Course in July 2023. This three-week intensive summer course is designed to introduce students to the social, structural, political, and historical aspects that determine Palestinian health ‘beyond the biological basis of disease.’ The course will be based at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory. A variety of experiential field visits will take students to locations throughout the West Bank and Israel. Applications for the summer 2023 cohort are now closed.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship Call for Applications

PPHHR Leadership

The Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights will host the first annual in-residence health and human rights academic fellowship. Based at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, this fully funded one year fellowship provides an exceptional candidate with protected time, community, and resources to pursue their innovative work related to the health of Palestinians. Applications for the 2023-2024 Fellowship are now closed.

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Programming Areas

Knowledge Production

Utilizing a theory of ‘transformational framing,’ the PPHHR seeks to develop new approaches to understanding the health of Palestinians through historical, political, social science lenses. The program also builds upon widely used frameworks in health and human rights to link drivers of Palestinian health to those of similarly impacted populations around the world.


Education transects the work of the program and seeks to provide opportunities and educate the next generation of student, faculty, and community human rights leaders engaging in work on Palestinian health.

Community Engagement

The program contributes to the international network of institutions, organizations, and individuals engaged in elucidating the structural determinants of health with a special focus on the frameworks of human rights and structural racism. The program works with impacted communities through academic, community, and educational collaboration.


Please click here to view our ongoing projects, including webinars, courses, and research initiatives.

Leadership Collective

Yara M. Asi, PhD
Yara M. Asi, PhD
Weeam Hammoudeh, PhD
Weeam Hammoudeh, PhD
David Mills, MD MPH
David Mills, MD, MPH
Osama Tanous, MD
Osama Tanous, MD
Bram Wispelwey, MD, MPH
Bram Wispelwey, MD, MPH




Advisory Council

Rita Giacaman headshot
Rita Giacaman, PharmD, MPhil, Professor of Public Health, Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University
Rana Khatib, PhD
Rana Khatib, PhD, Associate Professor in Pharmacy, Birzeit University
Asem Khalil, PhD
Asem Khalil, PhD, Professor of Public Law, H.H. Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Chair in Constitutional and International Law, Birzeit University









Sara Roy, Ed.D
Sara Roy, Ed.D, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Co-chair of the Middle East Seminar, Harvard University
Hilary Rantisi
Hilary Rantisi, Associate Director of the Religion, Conflict & Peace Initiative, Harvard Divinity School
Michele Morse, MD, MPH
Michele Morse, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer & Deputy Commissioner, Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness, NYC Dept. of Health
Amy Hagopian, MHA, PhD
Amy Hagopian, MHA, PhD, Professor of Health Systems & Population Health & Global Health, University of Washington











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