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Call for Cases for a New Publication: Population and Public Health Ethics Casebook

Deadline September 30, 2011

The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), together with its partners, are pleased to announce a call for case submissions in Population and Public Health Ethics.  For more information, please visit the IPPH News and Announcements ( page for additional details and submission guidelines.

Fostering the development and refinement of ethical frameworks for population health interventions in Canada and globally is a strategic objective for the IPPH.  Population and public health ethics can be distinguished from clinical ethics by the focus on: (1) populations rather than individuals; (2) a wide range of population-level and/or environmental interventions often implemented outside of the health care setting or the health sector; and (3) equitable prevention of disease and disability.

The CIHR-IPPH, CIHR Ethics Office, Public Health Agency of Canada-Office of Public Health Practice, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, and Public Health Ontario have partnered to develop this casebook of ethical dilemmas in population and public health and related case analyses. The objectives of the casebook are to:

  1. Increase awareness and understanding of PPH ethics, and the value of ethical thinking in population and public health research, policy, and practice;
  2. Highlight cases from across population and public health research, policy, and practice that feature different ethical issues and dilemmas; and,
  3. Create a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue related to cases in population and public health ethics research, policy, and practice.

Structured case submissions of up to 850 words are due by Friday, September 30, 2011.  Cases should be realistic (either real or a composite based on a real situation) and can either focus on: 1) a particular ethical dilemma that arises in practice; 2) the ethical considerations of a specific population health intervention; or 3) how a public health organization(s) in other sectors deliberates or takes ethics into account in their priority setting or decision-making process.

Each selected case will be peer reviewed and subsequently analyzed according to a common approach by an invited author who is not affiliated with the case submission authorship team.  Authors of selected cases will be given an opportunity to provide an alternative analysis and these responses will be included in the casebook, which will be published in Spring 2012.