Public Health Ethics Training Materials

Good Decision Making in Real Time: Public Health Ethics Training for Local Health Departments

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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.

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To request a copy of the Facilitator Manual, please email phethics@cdc.gov.
 

Web-on-Demand e-Learning Module

GOOD DECISION MAKING IN REAL TIME: PRACTICAL PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS FOR LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS

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. 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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 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.

COUSE OBJECTIVES:  At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. List 3 ways to define the field of public health ethics.
  2. Describe 2 ways public health ethics and law can work together to address ethical challenges.
  3. Describe 3 resources for helping public health officials make ethically informed choices.
  4. List 2 specific ways to integrate ethical considerations into public health decision-making.
  5. Explore multiple solutions by organizing, prioritizing, and defending each possible solution.

FACULTY/CREDENTIALS:

Drue Barrett, PhD; Lead, Public Health Ethics and Strategy Unit; Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of 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 and Strategy Unit, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of 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

COURSE ACCESS:  Access the course at https://www.pathlms.com/naccho/courses/282external icon

CONTACT INFORMATION: Contact OSItraining@cdc.gov for questions about this course.

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Public Health Ethics Case Repository

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:

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Public Health Ethics Casebook

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 Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globeexternal icon.

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