221.616.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
M 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Maria Merritt
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify critical ethical issues in the practice of public health (including research) in developing countries
    • Consider systematically the ethical responsibilities of all parties involved in public health practice in developing countries
    • Identify resources that may assist in the Discussing and use of key ethical concepts in public health practice
    • Analyze case examples that call for the application of key ethical concepts to developing-country contexts
  • Course Description
    Provides a forum for discussion and deliberation about ethical issues in the practice of public health (including the conduct of research) in developing countries. Equips students to identify and analyze critical ethical issues and to consider systematically the ethical responsibilities of all parties involved.
  • Intended Audience
    Graduate students at JHSPH and other students (e.g. perhaps JHSOM and JHSON students or Special Students Limited) who have a comparable level of professional background and experience.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on attendance, a small-group presentation, and a paper.

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  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    No prerequisites.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Readings and course materials will be assigned for each session.  There is no single text for this course.  Students are encouraged to explore the literature andadd to the readings in accordance with their interests.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Dear Students,

    This 2-unit course meets on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:20 in room W3030 at 615 N. Wolfe St. We look forward to seeing you in class.

    With warm regards,

    Maria W. Merritt, PhD, Primary Instructor


  • Disability Support Services
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