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Public health ethics in practice

An overview of public health ethics for the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF).


Public health ethics in practice

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This part of the PHSKF provides an introduction to public health ethics both as a philosophical field of enquiry and as an applied area that guides practice and policy.

This is a reference document supporting the public health workforce in their practice and:

  • explains public health ethics with reference to the longer-standing field of bioethics
  • indicates in greater depth, the scope of public health ethics as a field of philosophical enquiry
  • explains the links between that field and public health ethics as a direct source of professional norms and standards

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Published 21 April 2017

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