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Spring 2014-2015
* 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 - 35%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
By application only. To apply, please send a short (1-2 paragraph) e-mail to In it, provide a brief explanation of your interest in the course; any relevant courses or other experience in health, health policy, and/or ethics; your concentration and any certificates (official or intended); and class year. Students in the Values and Public Life program will be given priority. Applications are due by 5PM on Dec. 2, 2014. Decisions will be announced by Dec. 4.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41446 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed