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Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights
Study Unit 3189, D2,
DEPARTMENT OF INFECTIOUS AND TROPICAL DISEASES
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND POLICY


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Course Organisers:
Prof. John Porter, Room 284, Health Promotion Unit, Department of Public Health and Policy (ext. 2298)
Dr Carolyn Stephens, Public & Environmental Health Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Policy
Prof. Anthony Kessel, Public & Environmental Health Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Policy

AIM
To provide students with an understanding of the relationships between ethics, public health and human rights at both theoretical and practical levels.

OBJECTIVES

By the end of the Study Unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of moral theory, health care ethics and human rights.
  2. Critically assess the relevance of ethical theory and human rights in specific areas of public health practice.
  3. Plan how to use in their professional lives the frameworks introduced during the Study Unit.

CONSTITUENCY

The Study Unit is designed for all those who think about the nature and values of public health. No background in ethics is necessary.

CONCEPTUAL OUTLINE

This Study Unit will be a lively mixture of lecture, interactive seminars, and use of media such as film. The organisers of the Study Unit – whose backgrounds are in public health, epidemiology, philosophy, clinical medicine, environmental ethics and English – will give some of the lectures and others will be given by outside speakers; a challenging environment will be encouraged. A new theme will be introduced each week on the Thursday morning and this will be developed during the next two days, either through individual study or group work.

The themes for the 5 weeks are as follows:
Week 1. Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Medical Ethics
Week 2. Ethics and Research
Week 3. Health and Human Rights
Week 4. Development and Environment
Week 5. Resource Allocation

TEACHING STRATEGY

Lectures, group work with a facilitator, essay writing.

LEARNING TIME

Total learning time is 100 hours, composed of: contact time = 35 hours; reading time = 35 hours; assessment time = 30 hours

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be by evaluation of an essay. Students can either use one of the essay titles below or write an essay on a topic agreed with one of the organisers. The article should be no longer than 2,500 words.

LIBRARIES

LSHTM Library does hold, or is in the process of acquiring, a number of relevant journals including:

  • Bulletin of Medical Ethics
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Health Care Analysis
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Social Science and Medicine

Some articles, however, will be in journals not held in the LSHTM library. Other key local libraries are:

  • British Medical Association Library.
    Many textbooks as well as the Journal of Medical Ethics.
  • Wellcome History of Medicine Library.
    Holds the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and also Theoretical Medicine, as well as many books.
  • Kings’s College Library, Strand.
    Holds many journals on medical ethics including Hastings Centre Reports. The Centre for Ethics, Medicine and Law is on the Strand campus.

 

LIST OF LECTURERS

John Porter (IPEPH, LSHTM)
Carolyn Stephens (IPEPH, LSHTM)
Anthony Kessel (IPEPH, LSHTM)
Julian Sheather (British Medical Association)
Don Hill (EHOX, Oxford)
Jim Welsh (Amnesty International)


International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights (IPEPH)


The International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights (IPEPH) was set up in 2000 and aims to serve as a focus for exploration of ethical and human rights aspects of public health theory and practice. IPEPH will act as an interdisciplinary forum within the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and will combine research, teaching and practical work around ethical dimensions of public health. Specific areas of research interest within IPEPH are currently research ethics, environmental health and environmental ethics, social justice, mental health and human rights.

IPEPH is co-ordinated by Anthony Kessel (PEHRU), John Porter (HPU) and Carolyn Stephens (PEHRU).

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

for queries relating to these IPEPH pages, please contact Anthony.Kessel@lshtm.ac.uk