5117.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - 12:50 PM

Abstract #16571

Core Competencies in Public Health Ethics

Allyne Smith, MA, ThD, Program in Public Health, Des Moines University, Division of Health Management, 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-4198, 515-271-1685, allynegg@yahoo.com

As ethics consultation in medicine and the allied health sciences has grown over the last three decades, there has been an increasing awareness of the need for the establishment of core competencies in ethics consultation. The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, for example, has recently published a set of core competencies for ethics consultation in health care. In the field of public health, however, there has thus far been far less attention paid to bioethics, and the establishment of core competencies in public health ethics have not been identified. The identification and articulation of such core competencies are a prerequisite for an effective public health education in bioethics. This proposal will be a first step in the identification of core competencies for public health ethics as a foundational document for the education of public health workers and officials in the area of bioethics. Attention will be given to both theoretical foundations and practical application, and to the constituent issues of a public health ethics such as epidemiological and research ethics, public policy, the ethical challenges of technology, justice and health care allocation, privacy versus the publicís health, etc.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session. learners shall be able to: 1. Describe the concept of core competencies in public health ethics. 2. Identify core competencies for public health ethics. 3. Analyze a proposed curriculum for public health ethics

Keywords: Bioethics, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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