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Ethics in Global Health Practice


2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Maria Merritt

Equips students to identify and analyze critical ethical issues in global health practice. It provides a forum for discussion of and deliberation about these issues, enabling students to explore a range of possible solutions. Students will practice using central concepts and frameworks of public health ethics to consider systematically the responsibilities of public health professionals in real-world global health cases.

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:

Participation (20%)
Participation includes LiveTalk attendance, Introductory VoiceThread participation, Discussion Forum participation, and viewing lectures.

Discussion Aid (15%)
Each student will be responsible for submitting a discussion aid for a case example and initiating a discussion on that case using the Discussion Forum.

Paper (65%)
Each student must submit a final paper assignment

Enrollment Restriction:

Only MAS students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required