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Ethics in practice

Venue: Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow

Date: 9 March 2016, 9:30am – 4:00pm

A learning session on public health ethics organised by the Faculty of Public Health

eCigarettes. Sugar tax. Alcohol guidelines... The public health workforce is facing a series of increasingly complex issues; as such, ethics is a core public health competency and its importance is being increasingly recognised. In studying health it is easy to get caught up in technicalities and forget that health is grounded in values and moral norms that guide our decisions, behaviours and practice. Public health ethics is a new growing discipline, distinct from bioethics, which deals with populations, society and the community.

The aim of this day-long course is to describe and reflect on the nature, concepts and principles of public health ethics and their implications for the public and public health policies and practice. It will cover concepts of health, disease and wellbeing and justifications for interventions, and describe various moral theories, tools and frameworks and their potential applications for decision-making.

There will also be an opportunity to consider the development of regional public health ethics forums to nurture links between public health practitioners, ethicists and others to reflect on day-to-day public health ethics issues and learn from them together.

The proposed learning session, organised by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), will be facilitated by Dr Peter Schroder-Back, Associate Professor, University of Maastricht, and President of the Ethics Section of the European Public Health Association.

To book a place on the course or for further information please contact Gareth Cooke, Curriculum & Courses Co-ordinator, FPH at or on 020 3696 1475.

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