The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) has just published two notes in public health ethics that may be of interest. Both notes are available in French and in English on our website for free at the links below.
Introduction to Public Health Ethics 2: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations
In this second of three briefing notes on public health ethics, Dr. Marjorie MacDonald of the University of Victoria provides an overview of various philosophical and theoretical perspectives that have informed the development, evolution, and application of public health ethics throughout its short history. We believe it is important for public health practitioners to understand these ideas because they inform, either explicitly or implicitly, ethical decision making in public health practice. They also provide a foundation for the public health ethics frameworks that are presented and discussed in our third briefing note.
Introduction to Public Health Ethics 3: Frameworks for Public Health Ethics
The purpose of this paper, the third in the series by Dr. Marjorie MacDonald of the University of Victoria, is to present, compare and critique selected ethics frameworks for public health, relating these to their theoretical and ethical foundations. A brief discussion about the future of public health ethics concludes the paper. An assumption underlying this work is that by providing public health practitioners and decision makers with some guidance about practical public health ethics frameworks, they will be supported in making difficult ethical decisions that are unique to public health practice.