Theory and practice in public health ethics: a complex relationship

Angus Dawson

in Public health ethics and practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303114 | DOI:
Theory and practice in public health ethics: a complex relationship

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This chapter examines the complex relationship between theory and practice in public health ethics. It outlines the relationship between three related but distinct concepts of theories, frameworks and models, and argues against the claim that the priority of public health ethics should be given to individual liberty. It suggests that we ought to embrace a view of public health ethics that derives from the nature of public health itself, one that sees a more interventionist role for the state in protecting and promoting the health of the public.

Keywords: public health ethics; theory; practice; theories; frameworks; individual liberty; interventionist role

Chapter.  8217 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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