A core mission of the MSHRP is to advance health and human rights and to promote social justice by teaching medical professionals and students through a human rights framework.  The MSHRP combines the academic strengths of teaching and research on human rights violations, with a strong commitment to engaging in community service in order to bring awareness to human rights abuses. The program recognizes the importance of a human rights education in medical professionalism, in preparing students to address the needs of vulnerable and invisible populations, and to act as agents of community and global change. With that acknowledgment, the MSHRP employs its teaching capacity to inspire and train medical and public health students, who serve as involved leaders in all aspects the program. Through work with clients, seminars, and clinical and non- clinical electives, students receive comprehensive training. The MSHRP also holds trainings for students, residents, and healthcare professionals on the forensic evaluations of asylum seekers and on human rights issues in forced migration. The program is also a laboratory for modelling innovative modes of teaching about human rights work and seeks to engage students and the community in new ways of thinking.