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Public Health Code of Ethics
In 2000, a diverse group of public health professionals was convened to draft a code of ethics to guide the practice of public health. A year later, the code was reviewed by ethicists and practitioners before being posted on the American Public Health Association web site for review and comment by the public health community at large. The most recent version of the code is now available on the APHA web site, although further review and revision is anticipated. The rationale and background to the code is also available.

  World Bank Country Reports on Health, Nutrition,
Population, and Poverty

Using data collected from the Demographics and Health Survey program, the World Bank assembled a serious of country-specific reports on the relationship between socioeconomic status and health. Regional reports are also available. Consider the contents of these reports in light of the article Justice is Good for Our Health by Norman Daniels, Bruce Kennedy, and Ichiro Kawachi in chapter 3 of the Reader.


Tradition, Profession, and Values in Public Health
Written by Lawrence O. Gostin for the Association of Schools of Public Health, this learning module presents background information on public health ethics as well as case studies which require the application of ethical principles.




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