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EPID 580. Public Health Ethics. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour (hybrid online/face-to-face). 1 credit. The class examines, from an ethical perspective, federal and state public health practices, privacy and confidentiality issues; the Public Health Code of Ethics; legal power given to public health, ethics in responding to typical public health scenarios, the impact of public health ethics on public health decision-making; barriers to the ethical practice of public health; and responding to unethical events. Through exploration of principles of public health ethics, students in the course will examine current and past ethical issues in public health, drawing from case studies and current events. Included are issues such as immunization, social justice, distribution of limited resources and the evolution of the discipline of public health ethics.