Ethics in Public Health: A Closer Look at Current Issues

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Date Developed: 06/20/2013. Source: University at Albany School of Public Health. Presenter(s): Bruce White, DO, JD. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Intermediate. Length: 58 minutes.


This webinar examines the definition of public health ethics, explores how ethical issues in public health may differ from other ethical issues by explaining the 12 Ethical Public Health Guidelines, and reviews several current issues in public health ethics, including the flu vaccine, over-the-counter contraception, medical majijuana, and physician-assisted suicide. Handouts of the presentation (41 slides), CE credit information, and an evaluation and post-test are provided.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the difference between professional ethics, research ethics, clinical ethics, and public health ethics.

• List at least two current issues in public health ethics.

• Evaluate and apply decision-making frameworks to analyze ethical challenges in public health.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.