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Spring 2012-2013
* CHV 331 / WWS 372 (EM)   na, npdf

Ethics and Public Health

Jason L. Schwartz


This course will examine issues at the intersection of ethics, policy, and public health, paying particular attention to the centuries-long tension between individual rights and the common good. Ethical arguments are increasingly visible in public health activities in the United States and worldwide, demonstrating the continued relevance of long-standing debates over the proper role of government in promoting the health of individuals and communities. The course will explore ethical, historical, and policy aspects of public health activities, and it will consider the relationship between public health ethics and bioethics.

Sample reading list:
James Colgrove, et al., The Contested Boundaries of American Public Health
Nancy Kass, An Ethics Framework for Public Health
Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Public Health: Ethical Issues
Allan Brandt, The Cigarette Century
Jennifer Prah Ruger, Health and Social Justice
Angus Dawson, et al., Ethics, Prevention, and Public Health
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 80-120 pages of reading per week; two short mid-term papers; final paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
By application only. To apply, please send a short (one-paragraph) e-mail to, explaining why you want to take the course, whether you are in the Values and Public Life certificate program, and your year (junior or senior). Students in the Values and Public Life certificate program will be given priority. Applications are due by 5 PM on December 4, 2012. Students will be notified by 5 PM on December 7, 2012.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43010 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   029   Enrolled:17 Limit:20