Public Health Ethics

Studying key areas of global public health and health policy

In association with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Berman Institute conducts independent scholarship in key areas of public health and health policy.

We also train future bioethics scholars, policy makers, and public health professionals, and provide local, national, and international service to policy making bodies.

Faculty

Berman Institute faculty members are active in both scholarly and academic roles but also in many other areas such as institutional review boards and operations, as well as many policy making initiatives. We invite you to learn more about our faculty and their contributions.

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Education

The Berman Institute leads several education and training programs in bioethics and public health including a PhD program in bioethics and health policy and global bioethics training for individuals from Africa.  The Berman Institute leads course work in public health ethics, genetics policy, ethics and health policy, global public health ethics, food ethics, and ethical issues in U.S. and international public health research.

Research/Scholarship

Berman Institute scholarship in the ethics of public health and health policy is wide and deep. Faculty have been involved with creating foundational frameworks for public health ethics and seminal work on social justice and public health; have worked on many empirical and conceptual projects on public health preparedness, on dozens of empirical and conceptual projects on ethics and infectious diseases including related to HIV, TB, malaria, influenza, HPV, and Ebola;  projects on ethics and health policies including appropriate Medicaid funding, incorporating social justice into economic evaluations of treatments, and ethical implications of health reform; and a considerable and growing program in global and domestic food ethics.

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An Equity Checklist for the 2020-21 Academic Year
Ethics of K-12 School Reopening: Identifying and Addressing the Values at Stake
How reopening policies under consideration can promote or undermine moral values
School Closure Response Checklist
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School Closure Plan Tracker
Summarizing district responses nationwide
Building Trust While Influencing COVID-19 Social Media Content
Berman Institute faculty co-author Lancet paper on the public health threat of misinformation
Study of Social Distancing in Italy Sheds Light on Self-Isolation Practices
Prof. Macis study finds setting an expiration date on social distancing measures can jeopardize compliance
Emergency Homeschool is Not Homeschooling
MBE student Vivian V. Altiery De Jesús writes about the ethical concerns of COVID-19-homeschool
An Ethical Framework to Guide Hospitals During COVID-19
Jeffrey Kahn Q&A about JHU-led project to guide hospitals through the ethics of resource allocation