Ethics, Justice, and the Social Determinants of Health

  • Daniel S. Goldberg
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


As noted in the Introduction, in order to evaluate the ethical implications of the issue at hand, the epidemiologic evidence base regarding the social determinants of health must be laid out in sufficient detail. This first chapter offers a broad overview of some of this evidence in order to lay the groundwork needed to draw out many of the key ethical issues that arise in evaluating and ordering public health priorities based on the social determinants of health.


Absolute health Relative health McKeown Thesis Whitehall studies Fundamental cause theory Population health 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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