Synopsis of Public Health Ethics

Author (s): 

James Thomas, PhD


A brief description of public health ethics


The historical foundations of ethics are in philosophy and religion.  Applied ethics takes elements of those, but focuses more on the practical implications for various professions.  One doesn’t need to be a philosopher or theologian to understand or practice applied ethics.


Fact Sheet on Pandemic Influenza for Non-Epidemiologists

Author (s): 

Mark White, MD


Influenza is a highly infectious disease that spreads from person-to-person by the respiratory route. You can also get influenza if you touch something where a person with influenza has coughed and left saliva or mucus. The incubation period is a matter of hours and days, so it may spread quickly.


Introduction to Public Health Ethics Concepts

Author (s): 

Mark White, MD


Consider how ethical principles and values can shed light on the decision to choose program components.  In planning health programs, decision makers generally think about values and ethical principles such as social justice and equity, but often only consider them implicitly. Applied ethicists have observed that


Public file: 

Hanoi Meeting Agenda March 2010

Officially hosted by Dr. Tran Thanh Duong, the Deputy Director General, Ministry of Health, Vietnam.




 Introductory Materials (Participants List)

Introduction to Public Health Ethics Concepts

Ethics Symposium - Asian-Pacific Region, Hanoi, Vietnam March 2010

In March 2010, members of the Global Health Ethics group as well as colleagues from 13 nations met in Hanoi to discuss evaluation, inclusion, policy and related issues concerning ethics during flu pandemic responses.  A variety of presentations have been captured here and can be accessed by members of this group.  

For the original meeting agenda and related presentation files, go to Hanoi Meeting Agenda March 2010

Here is the meeting summary:



New York Times: Humans hard wired to cooperate and help each other

This week the New York Times published an excellent column by David Brooks, summarizing the growing evidence that we are hard-wired to cooperate and that altruism essential to evolutionary success. Key points:


·       The story of evolution, we have been told, is the story of the survival of the fittest. The strong eat the weak. The creatures that adapt to the environment pass on their selfish genes.

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