Establishing and Revising a Code of Ethics for Public Health Professionals: Questions to be Addressed
While a core tenet of established professions is having an established code of ethics, the authors seek to identify and explore the major obstacles that have contributed to why the public health “profession” continues to face ongoing difficulty in this endeavor. Additionally, the authors posit critical elements that ought to be considered in developing, or revising, a universally accepted, useful and meaningful revised code of ethics for public health. Their findings provide a template for advancing deliberations given the critical role of ethics in public health decision-making.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Identify normative ethical principles to guide public health and its practice. Analyze obstacles to formulating a code of ethics for public health. Identify questions that require resolution to develop/revise a code of ethics for public health.
Keyword(s): Ethics, Practice Guidelines
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been teaching public health ethics for 36 years, published in the field and a leader in the Ethics Section of APHA.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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