Public Health Ethics and the Social Determinants of Health

  • Daniel S. Goldberg

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health Ethics book sub series (BRIEFSPUHEAET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Daniel S. Goldberg
    Pages 1-5
  3. Daniel S. Goldberg
    Pages 51-53
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 55-56

About this book


This progressive resource places concepts of social determinants of health in the larger contexts of contemporary health ethics and the evolution of social reform. It provides needed analysis of the larger causes behind the immediate causes of illness and epidemics, particularly injustice, systemic inequities, and the cumulative effect of compound disadvantages. This moral approach to collective and individual responsibilities—on the part of practitioners as well as the public—supports a sound blueprint for finding answers to longstanding global and local concerns. Readers are challenged to recognize the critical role of social determinants to their perception of health issues, controversies, and possibilities as the book:

 ·  Details the epidemiologic evidence regarding social determinants of health.

·  Key ethical implications of the evidence regarding social determinants of health. 

·  Considers the role of risky health behaviors in determining population health outcomes.

·  Addresses ethical questions of priority-setting at the policy and practice levels.

·  Translates social determinants of health into health policy goals.

Half textbook, half monograph, Public Health Ethics and the Social Determinants of Health Is geared toward students in MPH programs as well as public health professionals in diverse contexts such as local health departments and non-profit organizations. It informs public health scientists and scholars, and can also serve as an introductory text for students in public health ethics, or as part of a general applied ethics course. 


evidence-based public health health equity health inequities and health policy public health ethics risky health behaviors social determinants of health social justice compound disadvantage health disparities social patterning of risky health behaviors Health in All Policies public health practice absolute health vs. relative health individual responsibility for health outcomes health sufficiency population health fundamental cause theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel S. Goldberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Bioethics and HumanitiesUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center for Bioethics and HumanitiesAuroraUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-51345-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-51347-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-3701
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