Background and Resources

Subtopic 1: Ethics and Values

Activity 1.1

Activity 1.2

Activity 1.3

Subtopic 2: Bioethical Problems Identification

Activity 2.1

Activity 2.2

Activity 2.3

Subtopic 3: Methods and Strategies for Decision-Making

Activity 3.1

Activity 3.2

Activity 3.3

Module Summary

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Process Approach

Process is a typical approach to problem solving. The purpose of this activity is to acquaint students with at least one example of how process works, taken from either federally mandated standards of accountability or from the governance of a local public health agency or advisory body.  

Activity 3.2
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.