This course will introduce students to major moral puzzles and challenges in the field of global public health. The first section of the course provides an introduction to key frameworks and concepts relevant to public health ethics and describes the overlap and distinctions between public health and medical ethics. The remainder of the course considers ethical dilemmas across the following domains: 1) resource allocation and distributive justice; 2) conflicts between individual rights and the common good; 3) health promotion & disease prevention; 4) tensions between market forces and social justice; and 5) research involving human subjects.
Based on above domains and drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives, case studies from the fields of science and technology, energy and environment, agriculture, information and communication, robotics (including military robots), reproductive and biomedical technologies, human enhancement, and biosecurity will be examined.
Critically evaluate methods and techniques used in global health ethics studies and related disciplines to address issues of health, and society
Develop self-awareness of personal values and biases and their effect on ethical practice
Describe how your understanding of ethics has grown and how you will apply your learning as a moral agent with the power and skills to participate in ethical decision making
Describe important historical events that have shaped ethical guidelines for public health research and practice
Reflect upon the impact of social and biological determinants of health, available resources, and the perspectives of community stakeholders when deciding on ethical courses of action
Once available, timetables will be published in the e-Prospectus.
Mode of instruction
This course aims to provide students with the skills necessary for analyzing and contributing meaningfully to current debates in global public health from an ethics perspective. The course uses a blend of lectures, group projects, and group discussions to consider topics of interest, often taking a case-based approach. Students play an active role in researching, presenting, and analyzing case studies that are used to illustrate ethical concepts and conflicts and to facilitate class discussion.
Critical reflection journal, read & respond, weekly student led discussion, 19%
Group project, 30%
Individual Assignment, 19%
Written Exam, 32%
There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.
This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.