Short-Duration Intensive Training Program in Public Health Ethics. October 1, 2022 to November 26, 2022


Day & Dates: All Saturday, October 1 to November, 26, 2022| 1600 – 1930 hrs  Virtual

About the course

The field of public health ethics is an emerging area within the broader discipline of bioethics. It has taken shape as a niche area over about the past decade and a half.

We have developed public health ethics case studies from the Indian context and these are complemented by those from other contexts relevant to the course content. These serve as one of the key resources for the course.

The course aims to equip course participants with knowledge and skills in public health ethics. They would serve as significant human resource to take the learnings to their own ecosystems and facilitate knowledge transfer in public health ethics in their organization and peer networks.

Goal: This training is aimed at enabling public health students and researchers; and public health practitioners to apply public health ethics frameworks and principles to reason out new, difficult, or ambiguous cases/situations/scenarios towards resolving the issue at hand in morally discerning ways.

Specific objectives:

  1. To understand the concepts of public, health, public health, and public health ethics and their distinctive features as opposed to clinical ethics.
  2. To learn the ethics principles and ethics theories in the context of public health ethics;
  3. To learn to identify, articulate, and analyze ethical issues arising from public health, and to formulate critical and well-reasoned ethical arguments
  4. To develop competence to participate in ethical decision-making as issues arise in public health practice, policy formulation, surveillance, and research.
  5. To know the existing national and international regulatory and public health governance framework/s, laws; and ethics guidance on public health ethics.

Course Faculty:

  1. Dr Amar Jesani, MBBS, Independent Researchers and Consultant, Pubic Health and Bioethics, Mumbai; and Editor, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME), Mumbai, MH, India
  2. Dr Anant Bhan, Sangath Bhopal, Bhopal, MP, India; Adjunct Professor, Yenepoya (deemed to be University), Mangalore, India
  3. Dr Angus Dawson, Professor of Bioethics and Director of Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  4. Dr Calvin Ho, Professor with the Faculty of Law, and Co-Director, Centre for Medical Ethics, University of Hong Kong
  5. Dr Jagdish Patel, Founder, Peoples Training & Research Center, Baroda, GJ, India
  6. Dr James Dwyer, Professor, Upstate Medical University, NY, USA
  7. Dr Kaustubh Joag, Senior Research Fellow & Consultant Psychiatrist, Centre for Mental Health, Policy and Law (CMHLP), ILS Society, Pune
  8. Dr P Manickam, Scientist F, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR-NIE), Chennai, TN, India
  9. Dr Nilesh Gawde, Professor, Centre for Public Health, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, MH, India
  10. Dr E Premdas Pinto, Professor of public health and human rights law in the Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India
  11. Dr Srijit Mishra, Professor, India Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai
  12. Dr Subha Sri Balakrishnan, Independent Women and Human Rights activist; associated with Rural Women’s Social Education Centre, Chengalpattu District, Tamilnadu, India
  13. Dr Sunita Sheel Bandewar, Director, FMES’ Health, Ethics and Law Institute of Training, Research and Advocacy, Mumbai-Pune; Working Editor, IJME; Gen Sec, FMES; Founding Trustee, Vidhayak Trust
  14. Dr Tarun Bhatnagar, Scientist F, ICMR-National Institute of School of Public Health (ICMR-NIE), Chennai, TN, India
  15. Dr Vijay Gopichandran, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Chennai, TN, India

Learning methods:

  1. Interactive methods using case studies sourced and developed from within India to be complemented by those from outside of India
  2. Interactive presentations by faculty using case examples embedded in presentations


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