Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
Description: This course will address a range of issues in public health ethics. The first part of the course will provide an introduction to key ethical frameworks and concepts relevant to public health, and it will describe the overlap and distinctions between public health and medical ethics. The remainder of the course will use a case-based approach to considering ethical dilemmas in several domains, including the following: 1) resource allocation and distributive justice; 2) questions of autonomy and paternalism; 3) health promotion & disease prevention; 4) clinical care; 5) research ethics; and 6) emerging issues in public health ethics. The course will use a blend of lectures and group discussions to consider topics of interest. Students will play an active role in researching, presenting, and writing up case studies that will be used to illustrate ethical concepts and conflicts and to facilitate class discussion.
Prerequisites: SPH student or permission of instructor
Description: This course addresses the following topics: genetics and risk communication; ethical issues in genetics research; the psychological and behavioral impact of genetic testing; public and professional knowledge and attitudes about genetics; health education needs in genetics; and emerging issues in the field (e.g., computerized delivery of genetic counseling services).
Advisory Prerequisites: Prior experience with ethical, legal, and social issues raised by genomics
Description: Genetics and genomics research are rapidly generating scientific discoveries, technological advances, and clinical applications, each with important implications for medicine and public health. In order for the promise of the "genomics revolution" to be achieved, however, numerous ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) will need to be addressed. This weekly seminar will address a wide range of ELSI issues involved in the following areas: implementation of genetic screening and testing in medical, public health and direct-to-consumer contexts; ethics of genetics research, including challenges around informed consent, data privacy, and return of individual research results; and legal and policy options for the regulation of genetic testing, genomic research, and precision medicine.
Course Goals: The course is designed to help students: 1) Gain awareness of and appreciation for a variety of ethical, legal, and social issues raised by developments in genomic science; 2) learn about methodological skills involved in the conduct of ELSI research and communication about genomics research and applications; and 3) enhance their professional development through written and oral assignments, critical review of scientific literature, and networking with faculty and peers with mutual interests in genomics and ELSI issues.
Competencies: This course is designed to address the following competencies as defined by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).
Foundational Learning Objectives
1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health.
8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population's health
12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
Learning Objectives: 1) Gain awareness of and appreciation for a variety of ethical, legal, and social issues raised by developments in genomic science; 2) Learn about methodological skills involved in the conduct of ELSI research and communication about genomics research and applications; and 3) Enhance professional development through written and oral assignments, critical review of scientific literature, and networking with faculty and peers with mutual interests in genomics and ELSI issues.