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Public Health and Ethics

10 credits at Level 7

Course leader: Prof Stephen Holland

In studying health it is easy to get caught up in technicalities and forget that health is grounded in values and infused with ethics.

In this module we bring values and ethics to the fore in the context of public health. The main question we address is to ask what justifies public health interventions? We apply moral theory, starting with utilitarianism. This theory states that an action is morally right because it improves the general good. We move on to look at political theories to see whether the government is justified in coercing individuals to protect the public’s health or improve their own.

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You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.

Qualification awarded

If you successfully complete this course you will be awarded 10 credit points by the University of York, at Level 7. 


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