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Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries


4th term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Maria Merritt

Students who want to learn about ethical concepts and apply them to real-world public health issues are likely to appreciate this course.

Provides a forum for discussion and deliberation about ethical issues in the practice of public health (including the conduct of research) in developing countries. Equips students to identify and analyze critical ethical issues and to consider systematically the ethical responsibilities of all parties involved.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify critical ethical issues in the practice of public health (including research) in developing countries
  2. Apply selected conceptual resources to elucidate key ethical concepts operating in case examples of public heath practice
  3. Consider systematically the ethical responsibilities of actors with decision-making authority over the practice of public health in developing countries
  4. Analyze case examples that call for the application of key ethical concepts to developing-country contexts
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 15% Discussion
  • 65% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

No consent required