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Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Selected Resources

Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Selected Websites

Webinar - How Can We (and Why Should We) Analyze the Ethics of Paternalistic Policies in Public Health? Click to watch and listen to the recording of the webinar.

Webinar NCCHPP & NCCAH - Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City.

NCCHPP & NCCDH Webinar - Public Health Ethics and Equity: Naming and Navigating Ethical Issues in Public Health Practice. Click to watch and listen to the recording of the webinar.

Presentation - How To (and Why) Analyze the Ethics of Paternalistic Policies in Public Health

NCCHPP & NCCMT Webinar - Priority-setting in Public Health: Evidence and Ethics in Decision-making
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NCCHPP & NCCID Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
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NCCHPP & NCCEH Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Environmental Health,
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Repertoire - Ethics Frameworks for Public Health 

Utilitarianism in Public Health
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'Principlism' and Frameworks in Public Health Ethics
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Introduction to Public Health Ethics 3: Frameworks for Public Health Ethics
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An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy

The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics (992 pages) is available open access courtesy of Oxford University Press.

Bulletin on what's new in public health ethics [in French, with resources in Fr/En]. From the Public health ethics committee (Institut national de santé publique du Québec).

Ethics and public health: Forging a strong relationship. By Callahan, D. & Jennings, B. (2002). In the American Journal of Public Health, 92(2), 169-76. On the site of PubMed Central.

Population Health Ethics: Annotated Bibliography. By Greenwood, H.L. and Edwards, N. (2009). On the site of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH).

Re-visioning Public Health Ethics: A Relational Perspective. By Kenny, N., Sherwin, S. and Baylis, F. (2010). Can J Public Health 2010; 101(1) 9-11. On the site of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

The contribution of ethics to public health. By Coleman, C.H. et al. (2008). In the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86 (8). On the site of the World Health Organization.

Framework of Values to Support Ethical Analysis of Public Health Actions. By Filitrault, F., Désy, M. and Leclerc, B. (2015). On the site of l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Éthique et santé publique. Enjeux, valeurs et normativité. By Massé, R. (2003). Québec : Les Presses de l'Université Laval. (In French only).

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance. World Health Organization. (2017). Geneva. On the site of the World Health Organization.


Michael Keeling


Autonomy promotion in a pluriethnic context
This paper is part of a series of essays developed for the NCCHPP by researchers associated with the Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal (Université de Montréal Research Centre in Ethics) as part of a project to examine ethical issues related to healthy public policy.
Published in May, 2009.  DescriptionDownload   214 K.
Autonomy promotion has become a widely-practised activity in the field of public health, since studies have emerged showing the close relationship between individuals' state of health and their ability to exercise control over their life and their living conditions. Many vigorous ethical debates have taken place and continue to take place surrounding this issue.

However, significant changes in the ethnocultural composition of the Canadian population have generated debates more specifically focused on the implications of these changes for autonomy promotion practices. The impetus for these particular debates is the idea that autonomy is a culturally determined product (historically, socially and politically speaking).

The present text, developed by Michel Désy, deals with specific ethical concerns related to the promotion of autonomy in a pluriethnic context. 

Autonomy Promotion in a Pluriethnic Context    
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 Let us know what you think!

The essays developed in the context of our ethic project present summary discussions of some contemporary ethical issues concerning various aspects of public policy and their impact on health. The goal is to encourage reflection on these issues among public health actors. Thus, in order to extend debate, the following questions may be asked with respect to this text:

- Can this problem be understood differently, particularly as it relates to religious belonging, without reference to ethnic belonging?

- The author chose to address the ethical issues raised exclusively through reference to the question of religious belonging. Can they be analyzed with reference to other dimensions of social belonging?

- Finally, the author argues, with few concessions, for the general adoption of the principles of weak and broad paternalism. Do you think it should also be stressed that an approach based on strong paternalism can be equally well defended in ethical terms, for certain specific situations?

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