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Ethics in Public Health (On Demand-No CE)



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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free version of the course.

If you are seeking CE or a certificate of completion, you will need to enroll in the paid CE version:

Public health work often involves dealing with complicated ethical questions. Approaching ethical issues requires intentional strategies and a dedication to upholding ethical practice. This recorded webinar discusses approaches to identifying and addressing ethical issues in public health practice, and the role of an ethics committee in this process.

This training was originally held on June 20, 2022.


Public health professionals, particularly those in governmental public health (e.g., frontline response staff and nurses)

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of the educational activity, participants will self-report knowledge gain of ethics-related principles in public health practice using a 4-point Likert scale.

Learning Objectives

  • Define ethics in a public health setting
  • Distinguish between ethical questions, legal questions, and personal questions
  • Analyze proposed solutions for their ethical merits
  • Apply strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas


Janine O’Donnell, MPH, Public Health Program Supervisor, Kent County Health Department

Jeffrey Byrnes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University


The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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