The course commences with an overview of the fundamentals of ethics. The nature of ethics and public health, the differences in clinical medicine, and of public health ethics will be covered. It introduces key concepts including liberty, utility, justice, solidarity and reciprocity, and introduces students to different ways of reasoning about the ethics of public health.
A range of practical public health problems and issues will be considered, including ethical dimensions of communicable and non-communicable diseases in populations, and the ethical challenges of public health research. Throughout, the emphasis is on learning to make sound arguments about the ethical aspects of public health policy, practice and research.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
Important: This short course is a variant of the unit of study, Public Health Ethics (BETH5203). It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion. However, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.