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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Ethics and the Practice of Public Health

Ethics and the Practice of Public Health

Law in Public Health Practice

Ruth Gaare Bernheim

Phillip Nieburg

Richard J. Bonnie

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates how ethical analysis can be a helpful tool, along with legal analysis, to support and enrich public health decision making. It provides n overview of the complementary roles of public health ethics and law; an approach to public health ethics, including a framework to guide ethical reflection, deliberation, and justification in practice; examples of common ethical themes and tensions between individual and collective interests; an understanding of the role of professional ethics, as expressed in the new public health code of ethics; and an outline of ways to integrate ethics into practice within public health organizations.

Keywords:   ethical analysis, legal analysis, public health practice, law, public ethics

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