Ethics of Infectious Disease Control

Offered: Fall 2019

Course: GLHLTH 341

Ethics of the role of ethical decision-making when controlling infectious disease epidemics. Applies classic public health ethics of balancing individual liberty versus public good to the new global health context of emerging infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and Zika, plus re-emerging infectious diseases such as multidrug-resistant TB, Polio, and Cholera. Explores a variety of issues, such as: vaccination policies, surveillance-isolation-quarantine, control versus eradication, individual liberty versus national security versus humanitarian NGO responsibilities, consensus versus enforcement, duty to treat, resource allocation, mandatory or voluntary prevention measures, ethical obligations of healthcare workers versus responsibilities of individuals, immigrant and refugee populations, and responsible conduct of infectious disease research and research ethics, all in the context of a new global public health. We will review case studies from: Brazil, Cuba, Havasupai Tribe in Arizona, Kenya, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and the USA. Prior global health coursework recommended.

Includes unique opportunity to participate in a theater performance.

Read a scholarly article about a former iteration of the course, here.

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