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Table 1 Phases of a public health ethics course

From: Teaching seven principles for public health ethics: towards a curriculum for a short course on ethics in public health programmes

Phase What How Who Time
1 What implications can different understandings of “health” and “public” have for public health ethical discourses? What is ethics and how can it be useful for public health practice? (Interactive) Lecture Facilitator-led 3-4 hours (opportunity to go into greater depth with normative scope and ethical foundation of principles)
Introduction of: Ethical principles, checklist, scheme for ethical judgement formation (Table 2).
2 Exploring and critically examining possible scenarios for resolving a case together Group discussion, led by facilitator Facilitator and all students
3 Solving a case study 1) Identification of the ethical challenge and conflict, 2) phrasing it in ethical language, 3) suggesting a solution by developing an ethical judgement based on an ethical argument (cf. Table 2). Groups of students (4-6 in one group), facilitator goes from group to group to check if there are questions. At least 1-2 hours
4 Presentation of results Presentation in class by representative(s) of groups, discussion of group results. Students; facilitator participates in discussions 1-2 hours (with more lengthy discussions)