CDC Collaborations and Initiatives

Tuskegee University and CDC Public Health Ethics Program, 2020-2025

In 2013, Tuskegee University, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), began sponsoring Public Health Ethics Practice Fellowships and Internships for graduate and undergraduate students. Program fellowships and internships help increase public health ethics knowledge and skill among future public health professionals.

The purpose of this Program is to:

  • Support public health ethics, training, and practice
  • Develop partnerships among academic, government, non-governmental institutions, private sector organizations, and community stakeholders that enhance and advance ethical public health practice
  • Enhance community engagement in the development and implementation of public health programs
  • Promote public health ethics scholarship in the scientific literature
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The Public Health Ethics Practice Fellowships and Internships will achieve this by:

  • Engaging communities
  • Partnering with community stakeholders and academic, government, and non-government institutions
  • Advancing public health ethics scholarship
  • Promoting ethical public health practice

The Public Health Ethics Program hosts the annual Presidential Apology Commemoration to the survivors and their families for the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee, Alabama; and conducts an annual Public Health Ethics Intensive course addressing health care ethics/bioethics, research ethics, and public health ethics, including topics related to the protection of vulnerable and susceptible populations, the role of social determinants of health, health equity, and community engagement in health policy.

For more information, visit the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.

Public Health Ethics Forum

The Public Health Ethics Forum (PHEF) is a collaboration between CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University. PHEF examines ethical issues and considerations in public health. The most recent forum was held virtually in April 2022 and highlighted Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health.

To view previous public health ethics forums, click here.