Public Health Ethics – Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 4 October 2011

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(2011), "Public Health Ethics – Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 24 No. 8. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijhcqa.2011.06224haa.016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Public Health Ethics – Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice

Public Health Ethics – Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice

Article Type: Recent publications From: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Volume 24, Issue 8

Edited by Angus Dawson,Cambridge University Press,ISBN: 978-0-52-168936-6,June 2011

Keywords: Public health ethics, Healthcare policy, Philosophy and social science practice

Public health ethics is a discipline concerned with the health of the public or a population as a whole, rather than focusing on the individual. This book introduces a number of this new field’s central concepts and explores the key and controversial issues arising. Topics covered include the nature of public health ethics, the concepts of disease and prevention, risk and precaution, health inequalities and justice, screening, vaccination and disease control, smoking and issues relating to the environment and public health. With insightful contributions from leading experts, Public Health Ethics presents thought-provoking reviews of these topics, at the same time as encouraging and identifying areas for future discussion in this emerging discipline. This is a valuable addition to the library of anyone working in the fields of public health, health policy, ethics, philosophy and social science.

Contents include:

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    Concepts:

    • Resetting the parameters: public health as the foundation for public health ethics.

    • Health, disease and the goal of public health.

    • Selective reproduction, eugenics and public health.

    • Risk and precaution.

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    Issues:

    • Smoking, health and ethics.

    • Infectious disease control.

    • Population screening.

    • Vaccination ethics.

    • Environment, ethics and public health: the climate change dilemma.

    • Public health research ethics: is non-exploitation the new principle for population-based research ethics?

    • Equity and population health: toward a broader bioethics agenda.

    • Health inequities.