199172 Integrating Public Health and Social Justice Teaching in Law, Nursing, Medicine, and Bioethics

Monday, November 9, 2009: 1:15 PM

Lisa K. Anderson-Shaw, DrPH, MA, MSN , Department of Clinical Ethics, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
For this panel presentation, faculty members who teach bioethics to law, medical, nursing and bioethics students will discuss how they integrate public health and social justice into their teaching efforts.

Public Health in Bioethics and Nursing Education: The purpose of this presentation is to propose how the integration of public health principles in general undergraduate and graduate nursing education may influence the just allocation of health care resources in the future. In all areas of health care, nurses are in a position to influence environmental, behavioral, and medical conditions on an individual basis, thus influencing populations. The future of health care, including professional nursing care, must look at the public health context of social justice in order to provide the healthcare resources needed in a socially responsible manner. This requires the integration of public health principles in the general core courses in both undergraduate and graduate nursing education.

As health care financing continues to spiral dramatically upwards, educating nurses, and in doing so our patients, about public health concepts can have a great impact on the just allocation of health care resources and ultimately on the health of our nation . This presentation will propose general nursing curricula which integrates a public health model for practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Descirbe a model for teaching public health ethics in basic health care courses; 2. Discuss how this model can be applied to general undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula.

Keywords: Ethics, Public Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been teaching both graduate and undergraduate nursing and medical students at The University of Illinois at Chicago for the past 15 years. I am the director of the UIC Medical Center's Clinical Ethics Department and consult service. I teach an ongoing course "Issues in Bioethics" for graduate nrusing students at UIC each year and include public health content in my course.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.