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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How K-12 Schools Should Prepare for Reopening
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
A guide to decision-making that cares for students
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School Closure Plan Tracker
Summarizing district responses nationwide
COVID Vaccine
Planning How to Allocate and Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine
Berman Faculty co-author report laying out a framework for decision makers
Maternal Health Pandemic Act Proposes Concrete Actions
Would Improve Evidence, Outcomes, And Equity For Pregnant People
The Public’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination
Planning Recommendations Informed by Design Thinking and the Social, Behavioral, and Communication Sciences
Johns Hopkins Launches K-12 School Reopening Policy Tracker
Interactive map is first resource to compare and analyze reopening plans nationwide
Oct 30
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Seminar Series – Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing, and Public Bioethics by Ruha Benjamin, PhD


Ruha Benjamin, PhD
Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing, and Public Bioethics
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In this talk, Ruha Benjamin examines the twin crises of COVID-19 and police violence, mapping the multiple vectors through which racism gets under the skin, into the blood stream, attacking our bodies and body politic. She offers a theory of change, viral justice – as a practical and principled approach to transmuting a hostile racial climate into one that is more habitable, hopeful, and just.

Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019), among other publications. Benjamin is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, andthe President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. For more info, please visit www.ruhabenjamin.com