Public Health Ethics

Public Health Ethics

CASE ASSIGNMENT

For this Case Assignment, write a 3- to 4-page essay in which you address the following:

Discuss the application of the following ethical theories/principles to public health. Provide recent examples within the field of public health which are consistent or inconsistent with these principles:

  • Utilitarianism
  • Distributive Justice
  • Paternalism

Selgelid (2009) wrote:

While public health ethicists often claim that the least restrictive alternative should be used to achieve the public health goal in question, I argue that a plausible but under-recognized idea is that the least restrictive alternative might sometimes involve improvement of global health via redistributive taxation—i.e., rather than coercive social distancing measures.

What did he mean by this? Provide arguments for and against his position.

ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS

Length: Assignment should be from 3 to 4 pages (750 to 1000 words) in length. 4 cited sources from required reading.

REQUIRED READING

Read Chapter 7 of the following text:
Wing, K. R., & Gilbert, B. (2007). The law and the public’s health. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press.

Ethical Theories and Principles. (2011).

Baum, N., Gollust, S., Goold, S., & Jacobson, P. (2007). Looking ahead: Addressing ethical challenges in public health practice:1. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 35(4), 657-667.

Burris, S., Wagenaar, A. C., Swanson, J., Ibrahim, J. K., Wood, J., & Mello, M. M. (2010). Making the case for laws that improve health: A framework for public health law research. The Milbank Quarterly 88(2) 169–210.

Cassatly, M. G. (2012). The four critical drivers of healthcare reform. The Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM, 28(3), 162-3.

Clemans-Cope, L., Kenney, G. M., Buettgens, M., Carroll, C., & Blavin, F. (2012). The Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions will reduce differences in uninsurance rates by race and ethnicity. Health Affairs, 31(5), 920-30.

Selgelid, M. J. (2009). A moderate pluralist approach to public health policy and ethics. Public Health Ethics, 2(2), 195-205. Available via EBSCO.

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