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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Ethics and the Practice of Public Health

Ethics and the Practice of Public Health

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(p.110) Chapter 5 ETHICS AND THE PRACTICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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Law in Public Health Practice
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Ruth Gaare Bernheim

Phillip Nieburg

Richard J. Bonnie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0005

This chapter illustrates how ethical analysis can be a helpful tool, along with legal analysis, to support and enrich public health decision making. It provides n overview of the complementary roles of public health ethics and law; an approach to public health ethics, including a framework to guide ethical reflection, deliberation, and justification in practice; examples of common ethical themes and tensions between individual and collective interests; an understanding of the role of professional ethics, as expressed in the new public health code of ethics; and an outline of ways to integrate ethics into practice within public health organizations.

Keywords:   ethical analysis, legal analysis, public health practice, law, public ethics

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