Public Health Ethics Training Materials
As part of CDC’s ongoing efforts to support state and local health departments, the Public Health Ethics Unit has developed a training manual to be used as a tool to strengthen public health ethics capacity at the local level. The manual includes an introduction to public health ethics, relevant case studies, suggestions for integrating ethics into health departments, and additional resources. The Student version of the manual may be downloaded here; the Facilitator version is available upon request.
GOOD DECISION MAKING IN REAL TIME: PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS FOR LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS (WD4004)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announce the availability of a Web-on-Demand e-Learning module, Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials.
This Web-on-demand course provides training on the basics of public health ethics and the process of ethical analysis and describes tools and resources for addressing ethical challenges that commonly arise in the practice of public health. The course also explores the complementary nature of public health law and public health ethics, reviews approaches to implementing public health ethics in health departments, and presents a case study to illustrate the steps of applying an ethical analysis to a real-life case scenario.
At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:
- List 3 ways to define the field of public health ethics.
- Describe 2 ways public health ethics and law can work together to address ethical challenges.
- Describe 3 resources for helping public health officials make ethically informed choices.
- List 2 specific ways to integrate ethical considerations into public health decision-making.
- Explore multiple solutions by organizing, prioritizing, and defending each possible solution.
Drue Barrett, PhD; Lead, Public Health Ethics Unit; Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH; Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine; Co-Director, The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life; Professor of Public Health Sciences, Medicine, and Family Medicine; University of Virginia School of Medicine
Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH; Director and Health Officer; Clark County Public Health, Washington
Leonard Ortmann, PhD; Senior Ethics Consultant; Public Health Ethics Unit, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Matthew Penn, JD, MLIS; Director, Public Health Law Program; Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ORIGINATION DATE: February 10, 2018
EXPIRATION DATE: February 10, 2020
HARDWARE/SOFTWARE: Computer Hardware; Internet connection; Browser; Speakers or headset
TARGET AUDIENCE: Administrators, Advanced Practice Nurses, Certified Health Education, Dentists, Dos, Epidemiologists, Industrial Hygienists, Laboratorians, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, Physicians, Medical Assistants, Health Educators, Pharmacists, Program Managers, Registered Nurses, Veterinarians
PREREQUISITES: Although not a requirement, it would be helpful for the target audience to have a basic introductory level of understanding of the field of public health and the types of activities that local public health departments engage in.
FORMAT: These seminars are recorded webcasts.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Drue Barrett, Public Health Ethics Unit, Office of the Associate Director for Science, (404) 639-4690; firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
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This activity provides 1.9 contact hours.
CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEU’s for this program.
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This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 0.19 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-9999-18-093-H04-P.
Category: This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.
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For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 2.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.
CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance please contact NBPHE at http://www.NBPHE.org.
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Below are additional public health ethics cases that can be used in conjunction with the training manual – Good Decision Making in Real Time: Public Health Ethics Training for Local Health Departments:
- Emergency Preparedness: Impact of Regulatory Compliance and Resource Allocation Decisions on Laboratory Capacity
- Ensuring Biosafety/Biosecurity during a Public Health Emergency
- Short-course Zidovudine Compared to What? A Trial to Prevent Mother-to-Infant HIV Transmission
- Unsafe Injections: Duty to Warn?
- Use of Restraint and Physical Force by First Responders: Duty to Investigate and Educate?
- Ethical Considerations for Allocating Medical Countermeasures in an Anthrax Incident
- Policies for Restricting Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) in Indoor Public Spaces
Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe (2016). DH Barrett, LW Ortmann, A Dawson, C Saenz, A Reis, G Bolan (Eds.). Springer Open.
This open access book includes 40 cases that highlight a broad range of ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the practice of public health. The casebook begins with an introduction to the basic concepts of public health ethics and describes important events that shaped the practice of public health. The cases are organized into chapters that discuss the following topics:
- Resource allocation and priority setting
- Disease prevention and control
- Chronic disease prevention and health promotion
- Environmental and occupational public health
- Vulnerability and marginalized populations
- International collaboration for global public health
- Public health research
You can access this book free of charge at http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-23847-0.
- Page last reviewed: October 11, 2017
- Page last updated: August 10, 2016
- Content source:
- Office of the Associate Director for Science