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Public Health Ethics
How does public health relate to such concepts as social justice, solidarity and reciprocity? Public Health Ethics are enjoying growing interest among public health professionals. The NCCs are exploring the utility of various fundamental ethical concepts in the evaluation of public health practices and policies.

Public health ethics (PHE) is a relatively new field of study that encourages interdisciplinary discussion of moral issues in the theory and practice of public health and preventive medicine. Emerging over the last 15 years out of dissatisfaction with the traditional orientations of biomedical ethics, PHE involves the explicit use of concepts from ethical and political theory to discuss and evaluate collective interventions that aim to protect and promote the health of groups and populations rather than of individuals.

List of Public Health Ethics Researchers and Instructors across Canada

This preliminary inventory of individuals engaged in PHE-related research and teaching across the country is a first step in developing a comprehensive pan-Canadian information portal for PHE resources, researchers, educators, projects and literature to be hosted by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH). There is currently no centralized and up to date repository of such information, despite an ever-increasing interest in public health ethics. In fact, a diverse and dynamic community is emerging, even if the diversity and extent of this community is not fully apparent. The NCCCPH will help build and reinforce links among public health practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and educators engaged in PHE by creating an online library of resources and space for dialogue, information-exchange, and collaboration. It is hoped that the list below will serve as a basis for a more systematic cataloguing of individual and collective efforts in developing, teaching, and applying PHE, one to which you are cordially invited to contribute.

Consult this list