Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction to Public Health Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Leonard W. Ortmann, Drue H. Barrett, Carla Saenz, Ruth Gaare Bernheim, Angus Dawson, Jo A. Valentine et al.
      Pages 3-35 Open Access
    3. Lisa M. Lee, Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Maneesha Sakhuja
      Pages 37-58 Open Access
  3. Topics in Public Health Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Norman Daniels
      Pages 61-94 Open Access
    3. Michael J. Selgelid
      Pages 95-136 Open Access
    4. Harald Schmidt
      Pages 137-176 Open Access
    5. Bruce Jennings
      Pages 177-202 Open Access
    6. Anthony Wrigley, Angus Dawson
      Pages 203-240 Open Access
    7. Eric M. Meslin, Ibrahim Garba
      Pages 241-284 Open Access
    8. Drue H. Barrett, Leonard W. Ortmann, Natalie Brown, Barbara R. DeCausey, Carla Saenz, Angus Dawson
      Pages 285-318 Open Access
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-329

About this book


This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

This book highlights the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the practice of public health. It is also a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue regarding public health ethics. Although the practice of public health has always included consideration of ethical issues, the field of public health ethics as a discipline is a relatively new and emerging area.  There are few practical training resources for public health practitioners, especially resources which include discussion of realistic cases which are likely to arise in the practice of public health. This work discusses these issues on a case to case basis and helps create awareness and understanding of the ethics of public health care. The main audience for the casebook is public health practitioners, including front-line workers, field epidemiology trainers and trainees, managers, planners, and decision makers who have an interest in learning about how to integrate ethical analysis into their day to day public health practice.  The casebook is also useful to schools of public health and public health students as well as to academic ethicists who can use the book to teach public health ethics and distinguish it from clinical and research ethics.                                                                          


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Editors and affiliations

  • Drue H. Barrett
    • 1
  • Leonard W. Ortmann
    • 2
  • Angus Dawson
    • 3
  • Carla Saenz
    • 4
  • Andreas Reis
    • 5
  • Gail Bolan
    • 6
  1. 1.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Centers fo Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Center for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Sydney School of Public HealthThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Pan American Health OrganizationWashington DCUSA
  5. 5.Global Health Ethics, Department of Information, Evidence and ResearchWorld Health OrganizationGeneveSwitzerland
  6. 6.Division of STD Prevention National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

About the editors

Drue H. Barrett, Ph.D., Lead, Public Health Ethics Unit, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Gail Bolan, M.D., Director for the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention (DSTDP), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Angus Dawson, Ph.D., Professor of Bioethics and Director, Centre for Values, Ethics & the Law in Medicine, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney , Australia


Leonard Ortmann, Ph.D., Senior Public Health Ethics Advisor, Public Health Ethics Unit, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Andreas Reis, M.D., M.Sc., Technical Officer, Global Health Ethics, Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research, World HealthOrganization, Genève, Switzerland


Carla Saenz, Ph.D., Bioethics Regional Advisor, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, D.C., USA                                                                                    

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe
  • Editors Drue H. Barrett
    Leonard W. Ortmann
    Angus Dawson
    Carla Saenz
    Andreas Reis
    Gail Bolan
  • Series Title Public Health Ethics Analysis
  • Series Abbreviated Title Public Health Ethics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-23846-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79538-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-23847-0
  • Series ISSN 2211-6680
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-6699
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 329
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This work is the third volume in Springer’s ‘Public Health Ethics Analysis’ series. … The most recent volume examines one of the fastest growing subdisciplines of bioethics—public health ethics—from a global perspective. … Each chapter begins with an introduction and discussion of each topic, accompanied by case studies, discussion questions, and additional references for further investigation. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.” (M. L. Charleroy, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)