Public Health Ethics and Law

Public health is grounded in values and moral norms that guide decisions, behaviours, policy and practice. Ethics and law are accordingly core public health competencies for professional practice.

The Faculty of Public Health provides leadership to nurture these competencies, support the public health workforce, and promote greater public understanding, nationally and globally, of ethics, values, and social justice in public health law, policy, and practice.

In an era that is coming to be defined by our collective responses to public and global health challenges, there is a critical need for greater understanding of the moral mandates of public health and how social justice must underpin ethical leadership and professional conduct. The Faculty of Public Health is committed to advancing public and professional discourses, scholarship and the practice of public health ethics and law.

World Congress Statement: Public Health for the Future of Humanity - One Planet, One People, One Health

FPH are pleased to support this statement from the 2020 World Congress on Public Health. The statement urges continued collaboration between nations for the betterment of global public health, and highlights our interconnectedness and interdependence.

You may watch a reading of the statement by public health leaders around the world including FPH President Professor Maggie Rae online here. FPH thanks Chair of our Ethics Committee, Dr. Farhang Tahzib for leading this important work.

COVID-19 Ethics & Law Guidance

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Read the Faculty's statement on Public Health Ethics and COVID-19

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