Online Program

Practical public health ethics tools for making tough choices

Sunday, November 3, 2013 : 8:55 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Leonard Ortmann, PhD, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of Scientific Integrity, Public Health Ethics Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
This session lays out the rationale for using case studies to help public health officials develop the capacity to make tough ethically informed choices regarding ethical tensions and challenges that commonly arise in public health practice. Case analysis tools that will be described include stakeholder analysis, creative design in developing practical alternatives, and prioritizing values in deciding between alternative solutions. We will also illustrate how the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health developed by the Public Health Leadership Society can be utilized in practical decision making.

Learning Areas:

Ethics, professional and legal requirements

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the value of the case study approach. Describe tools for helping public health officials make ethically informed choices.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as a public health ethicist working with the Public Health Ethics Unit in the Office of the Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I completed a two-year fellowship in public health ethics at CDC in 2010. Prior to this I taught ethics and bioethics at Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.
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.