BETH 5203 - Ethics and Public Health

This unit of study provides students with an overview of the broader philosophical, ethical, sociopolitical and cultural issues that underlie public health and public health research. Students will first review the history of public health and examine the values that underpin health promotion and disease prevention. The second part of the unit examines the place of facts and values in public health and the construction and use of information, with particular reference to evidence-based-medicine. The third part of the unit examines the cultural, moral and social context of public health including the social determinants of health, the construction of health services, the determination of research priorities and issues relating to human rights and global health. Learning activities will include an orientation session, an intensive lecture/seminar program, online learning activities and essay assessments.

Contact unit co-ordinator
Associate Professor Ian Kerridge
Ph: +61 2 9036 3405