Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.

Ethics of Public Health

Ethics of public health


Ethics is generally regarded as the study of the values and customs of a person or group or people (Crisp, 1998). Ethics is concerned with morality; deciding upon the right action and making the right choices in situations which arise. Public health ethics can be defined as the standards and values which guide actions designed to promote the health and wellbeing of a population and prevent injury and ill health (Gostin, 2002). Ethics in public health differs from ethics in healthcare in that with the former there is concern about making the right choices and actions for a shared group or community as opposed to an individual (Coughlin, 2006). It is a relatively new area of ethics and, ...

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