199509 Integrating Public Health and Social Justice Teaching in Medicine and Bioethics

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:45 PM

Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD , Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Public Health in Bioethics and Medical Education: The purpose of this presentation is to describe our practice of integrating public health education and bioethics for medical and graduate bioethics students. Bioethics is primed to integrate public health by framing the understanding of illness by its social determinants and the social, occupational, and national inequalities in health. In both our medical school and graduate school courses, we use a public health framework to explore bioethical concepts e.g. health disparities, health equity, and cardiovascular disease risk. Such an approach has a natural affinity with the principle of social justice in bioethics. In the near future, bioethics may come from behind the closed doors of the medical clinic and into the community and public domain where Public Health Ethics and the Ethics of Collaboration could become new areas of study.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to explain how public health and social justice concepts can be successfully integrated into medical and graduate bioethics education.

Keywords: Ethics, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a PhD in medical humanities and have presented before on this topic of social justice and public health
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.