Justice in Health: Ethics of Public Health in the Contemporary World

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

Soha Bayoumi PhD, Lecturer on the History of Science, Harvard University

Public health is distinctly political. It is a field where moral and political philosophy play a significant role. Contemporary political debates on justice have very often brought up questions of public health and what justice in health means. This course addresses central issues in the philosophy of healthcare, investigating how some fundamental questions in this field have been answered and exploring alternatives to those answers. Among these questions, we consider what is health? What is healthcare? Does health enjoy a special moral importance? What is it? Who requires and/or deserves healthcare? Is access to healthcare a fundamental human right? The course also addresses some controversial moral and political philosophical questions related to health insurance, reproductive rights, and euthanasia.