Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction to Public Health Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Leonard W. Ortmann, Drue H. Barrett, Carla Saenz, Ruth Gaare Bernheim, Angus Dawson, Jo A. Valentine et al.
      Pages 3-35 Open Access
    3. Lisa M. Lee, Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Maneesha Sakhuja
      Pages 37-58 Open Access
  3. Topics in Public Health Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Norman Daniels
      Pages 61-94 Open Access
    3. Michael J. Selgelid
      Pages 95-136 Open Access
    4. Harald Schmidt
      Pages 137-176 Open Access
    5. Bruce Jennings
      Pages 177-202 Open Access
    6. Anthony Wrigley, Angus Dawson
      Pages 203-240 Open Access
    7. Eric M. Meslin, Ibrahim Garba
      Pages 241-284 Open Access
    8. Drue H. Barrett, Leonard W. Ortmann, Natalie Brown, Barbara R. DeCausey, Carla Saenz, Angus Dawson
      Pages 285-318 Open Access
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-329

About this book


This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

This book highlights the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the practice of public health. It is also a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue regarding public health ethics. Although the practice of public health has always included consideration of ethical issues, the field of public health ethics as a discipline is a relatively new and emerging area.  There are few practical training resources for public health practitioners, especially resources which include discussion of realistic cases which are likely to arise in the practice of public health. This work discusses these issues on a case to case basis and helps create awareness and understanding of the ethics of public health care. The main audience for the casebook is public health practitioners, including front-line workers, field epidemiology trainers and trainees, managers, planners, and decision makers who have an interest in learning about how to integrate ethical analysis into their day to day public health practice.  The casebook is also useful to schools of public health and public health students as well as to academic ethicists who can use the book to teach public health ethics and distinguish it from clinical and research ethics.                                                                          


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Editors and affiliations

  • Drue H. Barrett
    • 1
  • Leonard W. Ortmann
    • 2
  • Angus Dawson
    • 3
  • Carla Saenz
    • 4
  • Andreas Reis
    • 5
  • Gail Bolan
    • 6
  1. 1.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Centers fo Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Center for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Sydney School of Public HealthThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Pan American Health OrganizationWashington DCUSA
  5. 5.Global Health Ethics, Department of Information, Evidence and ResearchWorld Health OrganizationGeneveSwitzerland
  6. 6.Division of STD Prevention National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-23846-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-23847-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-6680
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-6699
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