SPH 543 - Health Ethics, Law and Policy

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School of Public Health

Students will understand the connections and distinctions among ethics, law and public policy in health contexts, and should be able to reason critically about legal and policy influences on public health and health care. Several different approaches to ethical analysis are studied, as are brief introductions to policy-making processes and legal principles and structures in Canada. Special attention is paid to justification (rather than mere opinion or imposition) and the limits of ethics, laws and policies to identify or enforce the best practices in health contexts. Several problem areas (e.g. health care system reform, health research, organization and management ethics, human rights and multiculturalism) are examined in light of the theoretical foundations in pursuit of effective and justified health policy. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 543 and SPH 543.

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