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Public Health Law and Ethics - PH 395 OL5 - Course Syllabus

Public Health Law and Ethics - PH 395 OL5 - Course Syllabus

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Public health law examines the governments authority, at various jurisdictional levels, to improve the health of the general population within societal limits and norms.
View Course: https://learn.uvm.edu/courselistsummer/course.php?term=201206&crn=61262

Public health law examines the governments authority, at various jurisdictional levels, to improve the health of the general population within societal limits and norms.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONTPHXXX SYLLABUSCOURSE: PH:
Public Health Law and Ethics
 CREDITS:
3
SEMESTER:PREREQUISITES:
None
 FACULTY:
Professor William E. Wargo
 CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION:
Public health law is the study of the legal powers and dutiesof the state, in collaboration with its partners (e.g., health care, business, the community, themedia, and academe), to ensure the conditions for people to be healthy and of the limitations onthe power of the state to constrain the autonomy, privacy, liberty, proprietary, or other legallyprotected interests of individuals. Public health ethics seek to understand and clarify principlesand values that guide public health actions, offering a framework for making decisions and ameans of justifying them.
DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course is divided into four parts consisting of thirteen modules. In the first part(Modules 1 and 2), we will cover the major concepts in the field of public health (e.g. preventionand the population perspective), ethics (e.g., paternalism and the harm principle), socioeconomicdisparities, and the regulation of dangerous activities.The second part of the course (Modules 3-7) examines important doctrines andcontroversies in public health law. We will address the powers and duties of the state in the areaof public health and the limitations that our constitutional system place on the exercise of publichealth powers. We will also focus on three areas that are key to the practice of public health law:administrative law, which delineates when an agency is allowed to directly regulate for thepublic’s health; tort law, which indirectly regulates behavior through civil liability, andtransnational law, which facilitates a globalized approach to public health. We will also look atinternational public health law, world trade law, and human rights.The third part of the course (Modules 8-12) addresses some of the major controversiesand trade-offs involved in contemporary public health theory and practice. We will discusssurveillance, public health research, and the right to privacy. We will explore the interplaybetween speech and behavior by looking at health communications and commercial speechagainst the backdrop of free expression. We will consider medical countermeasures(immunization, screening, and treatment) and public health strategies (isolation, quarantine, andcommunity containment) for preventing and mitigating the spread of epidemic disease, and the
 
2effects of those measures and strategies on bodily integrity and liberty. We will also examine theregulation of businesses and the value of economic liberty.Finally, in the fourth part of the course (Module 13), we will discuss case studieshighlighting three of the most complex and important of today’s public health challenges:bioterrorism and biosecurity, public health genomics, and obesity. This part of the course alsounderscores the various course themes – public health ethics, the interconnectedness betweendomestic and global health, and the effects of socioeconomic disparities on public health.
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:
The course will be taught online and utilizeonline discussions guided by questions specific to the issues covered. Some of those questionsappear below. Course grading will be based on class participation via online discussions (50%)and on short written assignments (50%).Discussion Board PostingsQuestions will be posted in the Course Modules which you will address on the class discussionboard. You will need to make a minimum of 2 responses (more than “I agree”!) for eachquestion. I expect at least 100-150 words per response. You will also need at least one researcharticle or website woven into the discussion during one of those responses (include reference.Grading will be based on quality of responses, as well as number and article/website inclusion.Guidelines for Written Assignments
‘A’ Level
1.
 
Introduction is comprehensive, gives reader good direction, ‘sets the scene’, and is followedthroughout paper.2.
 
Summary/conclusion is thoughtful and relevant.3.
 
Fundamental issues addressed in depth with original arguments and critical judgements,demonstrating insight and creativity.4.
 
Current and classic primary literature sources are utilized.5.
 
Writing style shows evidence of individuality, unity and fluency.6.
 
Overall presentation of the paper is professional with no errors in syntax, spelling, etc. (i.e.Proper English language usage), and follows APA format.
‘B’ Level
1.
 
Introduction gives reader direction and is addressed throughout the paper.2.
 
Summary/conclusion is clear and concise.3.
 
Fundamental issues addressed with evidence of some original arguments and critical judgments.4.
 
Current literature sources utilized (primary and secondary)5.
 
Writing style is fluent with evidence of individuality and clarity.6.
 
Overall presentation of paper is neat and well organized with few minor errors in syntax,spelling, etc. (i.e. Proper English language usage), and follows APA format.
 
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‘C’ Level
1.
 
Introduction gives reader direction.2.
 
Summary/conclusion is clear and concise.3.
 
Fundamental issues described but limited originality of arguments and few critical judgments.4.
 
Limited literature sources are utilized (current and/or classic).5.
 
Writing style is fluent and some evidence of individuality and clarity.6.
 
Overall presentation of paper is neat and minor errors in syntax, spelling, etc. (i.e. properEnglish language usage), and follows APA format.
 READING:
The main text for the course is
Public Health Law & Ethics: A Reader 
(2
nd
edition,2010) edited by Lawrence O. Gostin (hereinafter “Gostin”).
COURSE CALENDAR AND READINGModule 1. The Public’s Health
Gostin, Chapter 1 (23-58).SOURCES: Ali H. Mokdad et al.,
 Actual Causes of Death in the United States
, / • GeoffreyRose,
Sick Individuals and Sick Populations
/ • Dan Beauchamp,
Community: The Neglected Tradition of Public Health
/ • Norman Daniels, Bruce Kennedy, and Ichiro Kawachi,
 Justice IsGood for Our Health
/ • Lawrence O. Gostin and Madison Powers,
What Does Social Justice Require for the Public’s Health? Public Health Ethics and Policy Imperatives
/ • Lawrence O.Gostin, Jo Ivey Boufford, and Rose Marie Martinez,
The Future of the Public’s Health: Vision,Values, and Strategies
.Some Online Discussion Questions:
 
What is “public health”?
 
What are the core values of public health?
 
How have perspectives on the public health system changed? Why?
 
What is “social justice” and what does it require for the public health?
 
What are some of the court-imposed limits on government in protecting the health andsafety of the public?
 
Can there be good reasons for public health paternalism in a democracy?
 
Are health and safety individual interests, or are they also common and shared ends?

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