Ethics and Public Health - Professional Development Course

The Bioethics Program at the School of Public Health are open for 2012 registrations. These courses are designed to address the growing interest in the life sciences and biomedical technologies as well as the need for ethics education among researchers and practitioners in health-related fields and disciplines. They provide an innovative, interdisciplinary approach and are an excellent way to add value to an ongoing career or build a research career.

Courses are held at Sydney University (Camperdown Campus) and taught in an intensive format over three days, running from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.

Students will receive a certificate of attendance but will not be eligible for university credit as the Professional Development course is not assessed.


This professional development course introduces the broader philosophical, ethical, socio-political and cultural issues that underlie public health and public health research. It is appropriate for all those involved in public health, health promotion, preventive care and public health research.

The course will examine the many issues raised by public health and public health research through a range of disciplinary perspectives. It will also encourage critique of the assumptions and values underlying public health, particularly with regard to its evidence base, priorities and moral authority. The course is taught by experts in ethics, history, health economics, research methods, public health and infectious diseases.

For more information, email or call 02 9036 3065.

Topics covered

Topics to be covered include:

  • the history and ethics of public health,
  • research involving communities and vulnerable populations,
  • health promotion,
  • the balance between individual liberty and community benefit,
  • risk and risk communication,
  • the construction and use of ‘evidence’,
  • the ethics of resource allocation,
  • community engagement and consultation,
  • infectious diseases, bioterrorism and pandemic planning,
  • human rights and global health, and,
  • the standards of care owed to individuals, groups, communities and cultures.


Semester 2:

Monday 30 July
Monday 20 August
Monday 17 September

The course will be held at Sydney University (Camperdown Campus) and taught in an intensive format over three days.

Application deadline

We are not accepting applications for 2012.

Cost and application

Details to be advised in late 2012.

More information

Office for Teaching and Learning
Room 329, Level 3
Edward Ford Building (A27)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9351 4366