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Teaching Corner: The Prospective Case Study

A Pedagogical Innovation for Teaching Global Health Ethics

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Over the past decade, global health has emerged as one of the fastest growing academic programs in the United States. Ethics training is cited widely as an essential feature of U.S. global health programs, but generally it is not deeply integrated into the global health teaching and training curricula. A discussion about the pedagogy of teaching global health ethics is long overdue; to date, only a few papers specifically engage with pedagogy rather than competencies or content. This paper explores the value of case study pedagogy for a full-semester graduate course in global health ethics at an American university. I address some of the pedagogical challenges of teaching global health ethics through my innovative use of case study methodology—the “prospective case study” (PSC).

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Stewart, K.A. Teaching Corner: The Prospective Case Study. Bioethical Inquiry 12, 57–61 (2015).

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