Ethical Issues in Public Health – JHSPH 306.655

This 2006 JHSPH OpenCourseWare graduate course focuses on ethical theory and current ethical issues in public health and health policy, including resource allocation, the use of summary measures of health, the right to health care, and conflicts between autonomy and health promotion efforts.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • identify and define moral issues in the context of public health practice.
  • distinguish between a moral issue or argument and other types of issues or arguments.
  • articulate moral arguments for or against public health policies or practices.

Course Organization

The content of this course is divided into eight separate lectures held over a period of eight weeks. 

Student evaluation for this course was originally based on class participation, a group project, and a paper evaluating ethical issues in the student's area of public health specialization.

A description of case studies is included for all but the first session. (It appears to be missing from JHSPH OpenCourseWare). PDF slides from the lectures are also available in some cases; however, JHSPH did not make any audio or video available to go along with the slides.

Note: The case studies act as assignments. Read each one carefully and perform the requested task as if it were an assignment.

Further Reading

No text was originally assigned for this course. However, both required and recommended reading was assigned with each session. Consult the Recommended Reading associated with each session.

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