Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ethics and Epidemiology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Steven S. Coughlin, Tom L. Beauchamp, and Douglas L. Weed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322934.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 23 January 2021

Ethics in Public Health Practice

Ethics in Public Health Practice

(p.147) 8 Ethics in Public Health Practice
Ethics and Epidemiology

Robert E. McKeown

R. Max Learner

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines a perspective that can serve as a foundation for addressing ethical concerns in public health practice. It argues that ethics in public health practice is shaped by the mission of public health and that the ethical obligations of public health practitioners are grounded in their commitment to that mission and in their voluntary assumption of responsibility for the public's health. Society also has an interest in the public's health and that endorsement provides partial justification for infringing on certain individual rights for the sake of the common good. Though public health ethics is not as highly developed as clinical ethics, research ethics, or other subfields of bioethics, recent developments have made clear that it must make use of bioethical methods and concepts and incorporate ethical reasoning in decision-making processes. The resulting public health ethics will include expanded or modified concepts of justice and respect for persons, human rights, communitarianism, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics.

Keywords:   ethics, public health practice, bioethics, decision-making, human rights, communitarianism, virtue ethics

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .