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Ethics and Global Public Health Practice

4th term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Maria Merritt

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. No prerequisites.


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 the contemporary global health context. 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 in the contemporary global health context
  2. Apply selected conceptual resources to elucidate key ethical concepts operating in case examples of global public heath practice
  3. Determine systematically the ethical responsibilities of actors with decision-making responsibility in global public health practice
  4. Analyze case examples that call for the application of key ethical concepts to global public health practice
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 20% Discussion
  • 50% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

No consent required