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Public Health Law


  • What is Public Health Ethics?
    • Public health ethics involves a systematic process to clarify, prioritize and justify possible courses of public health action based on ethical principles, values and beliefs of stakeholders, and scientific and other information. (CDC)
  • Benefits of Public Health Ethics
    • Clarify, prioritize, and justify possible courses of public health action
    • Increased capacity to recognize ethical issues
    • Greater transparency in decision making
    • Foster respectful deliberation about ethical tensions
    • Enhanced public trust and relationship building
    • Strengthened scientific integrity and professional excellence

Texts & Other Books


Seminal Cases

Kass Framework

An Ethics Framework for Public Health: Nancy E. Kass. American Journal of Public Health: November 2001, Vol. 91, No. 11, pp. 1776-1782.

  • What are the public health goals of the proposed program?
  • How effective is the program in achieving hte stated goals?
  • What are the known or potential burdens of the program?
  • Can burdens be minimized? Are there alternative approaches?
  • Is the program implemented fairly?
  • How can the benefits and burdens of the program be fairly balanced?


Ethics Abuses


Online Resources

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