232361 Overview for Social Justice: Implications for Oral Health

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD , Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
An overview of Social Justice will be presented. Social justice is the application of the concept of justice on a social scale. The term has been documented in American philosophical theses since the 1800s. It is a pillar of theological principle in many religions. The concept of social justice has been described as being essential in any movement towards a socially just world. In this context, social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and egalitarianism. It is based on the idea of a just society, which gives individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society. However, there are some who support the concepts of social justice but believe that it is best achieved through the operation of a free market, and the promotion of philanthropy and charity.

Learning Areas:
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain the definitions of social justice.

Keywords: Social Justice, Oral Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health & Social Justice and Associate Dean for Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of 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.