Jun 19, 2021  
Graduate Record 2007-2008 
Graduate Record 2007-2008 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

PHS 525 - Public Health Ethics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

This interdisciplinary seminar focuses on the ethical dimensions of the choices societies and individuals make when addressing threats to and responsibilities for the public’s health. A range of philosophical theories and contemporary positions are examined to explore the complex concepts of “public” and “health.” Investigated are the impact of various understandings of the public, not only as a numerical population that can be defined and measured, but also as a political group that operates under legally defined obligations and relationships, and as a “communal” public with diverse cultural and moral beliefs. The various methods and content of public health ethics, including utilitarian perspectives and the role of the Code of Ethics for public health professionals are also examined. (Y)

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite:  Instructor permission.

Credits: 3