Ethical Issues in Public Health Crises

Headshot of Deb DeBruin, PhD
This is the third session of the Center for Bioethics' Mini Bioethics Academy, designed for people to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics.
Infectious disease epidemics, natural disasters and terrorist attacks can overwhelm existing public health and healthcare systems. These crises raise a complicated array of ethical issues, from rationing scarce resources to protecting vulnerable community members to providing appropriate supports to health professionals. As part of a national effort, health departments and health care organizations are tasked with developing plans to enable them to respond appropriately to these types of crises. A critical part of that planning effort is the development of guidance for managing the ethical challenges that arise in these emergencies. This presentation will provide background on public health crisis planning, describe the need for ethics guidance, discuss the fundamental ethical values that should guide crisis planning and response; and identify some ways to implement ethical guidance in the challenging context of mass casualty incidents.

Talk by Debra DeBruin, PhD

Register here | Seating is limited; advanced registration is encouraged. 

Price: Adults/General Public:  Advance registration: $10/session or $25/3 sessions | Same day registration: $15/session at door if space is available

Discounts: Student rate with valid student ID: $5/session or $10/3 sessions

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event location: 

Moos Tower 1-450 | East Bank Campus | 515 Delaware St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455