Subtopic 2: Bioethical Problems Identification
Subtopic 3: Methods and Strategies for Decision-Making
This activity asks students to develop a "process approach" to bio-ethical decision-making in matters pertaining to the address of public health concerns. No particular ethical values are assumed to be part of this kind of approach as found in current practice.
The instructor will introduce students to current public health agendas that employ a process approach to outlining and assessing needs, prioritizing services and funding allocations, and evaluating the same on an on-going basis. Where possible, students will either contact local public health agencies or advisory bodies for information on how this is carried out in their own communities, or the instructor will arrange for a guest representative from such resources to address the class. Students will then consider how and at what point bio-ethical concerns may be factored into the process. With the instructor's help, the class will conclude this activity by formulating a flow-chart showing this inclusion.