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Essentials of Public Health Ethics

Author(s): Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH, Director, Division of Public Health Policy & Practice, School of Public Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia
James F. Childress, PhD, Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics, Institute of Practical Ethics and Public Health, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Alan Melnick, MD, MPH
Richard J Bonnie, JD, Harrison Foundation Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763780463
  • Paperback    264 pages      © 2015
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As threats of infectious disease grow and the nation confronts chronic health problems such as diabetes and obesity, health professionals, citizens, and community stakeholders must address increasingly complex ethical conflicts about public health policies and practices.

Essentials of Public Health Ethics introduces students to the field of public health ethics, by focusing on cases. Topics span the discipline of public health and integrate materials, concepts, and frameworks from numerous fields in public health, such as health promotion, environmental health and health policy.  By delving into both historical and contemporary cases, including international cases, the authors investigate the evolution and impact of various understandings of the concept of “the public” over time, i.e., the public not only as a numerical population that can be defined and measured, but also as a political group with legally defined obligations and relationships, as well as diverse cultural and moral understandings.

While the text examines a range of philosophical theories and contemporary perspectives, it is written in a way that presupposes no previous exposure to the philosophical concepts but at the same time provides challenging cases for students who do have more advanced knowledge. Thus the book should be useful in Schools and Programs in Public Health as well as for undergraduate public health courses in liberal arts institutions and for health sciences students at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Preface  
Prologue  
Dedication  
Part 1  Foundations
    Chapter  1  Introduction: A Framework for Public Health Ethics
    Chapter  2  Moral Considerations: Bases and Limits for Public Health
    Chapter  3  The Political and Legal Context of Public Health Ethics
    Chapter  4  Public Health Perspectives
Part 2  Tools and Interventions in Public Health
    Chapter  5  Surveillance and Public Health Data: The Foundation and Eyes of Public Health
    Chapter  6  Case Finding: Screening, Testing, and Tracing
    Chapter  7  Immunization: Protection through Vaccination
    Chapter  8  Containing Communicable Diseases: Personal Control Measures
    Chapter  9  Health Communication
    Chapter  10  Public Health and the Environment

Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH-Director, Division of Public Health Policy & Practice, School of Public Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia

James F. Childress, PhD-Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics, Institute of Practical Ethics and Public Health, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Alan Melnick, MD, MPH

Director, Joint Residency in Family Medicine/Public Health & General Preventative Medicine
Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Department of Family Medicine
Health Officer, Clackamas County, Oregon

Richard J Bonnie, JD-Harrison Foundation Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • "This is a timely and very thoughtful text on public health ethics."
    -- Lawrence Prybil, PhD, University of Kentucky, College of Public Health

  • "The content is current and appropriate. A solid foundation of public health ethics relevant to public health students."
    --Mark G. Swope, Lasalle University, Public Health Department

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ISBN-13: 9780763780463

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