Ethical Challenges in Global Public Health
This one-day conference on the “Ethical Challenges in Global Public Health: Climate Change, Pollution and the Health of the Poor” brings together a distinguished group of scholars–from Boston College, across the United States, and internationally–in ethics, law, public policy, economics, and global public health to examine some of the major ethical challenges facing global public health in the 21st century, with a particular focus on pollution and climate change.
The conference will fill an important gap in the debates and literature on global public health. Despite the clear connections between global public health and social justice, there has been surprisingly little scholarly exploration of the ethical challenges confronting global public health. We anticipate that this conference will substantially advance the emerging field of global public health ethics.
Co-sponsorships: The program in Global Public Health and the Common Good, the Theology Department, and the School of Theology and Ministry.
About Global Public Health:
Global public health is the science and art of promoting good health, preventing disease and extending longevity in countries around the world. A substantial body of scholarship in global public health is directed at elucidating the social, political, economic and environmental factors that influence patterns of health and disease and drive disparities in health.
Global public health is rooted in and aims to promote social justice. It aligns closely with the Jesuit Catholic tradition and with Pope Francis’ teaching in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ (2015) calling upon all people to care for our planet, end social and economic injustice, prevent the disease, disability and premature death that fall disproportionately upon the poor.
The conference is coincident with the launch of Boston College’s new minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good. The conference marks the opening of this new academic program while at the same time highlighting the new minor’s commitment to study the ethical challenges confronting global public health today.
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit posters that will be on display throughout the conference. See the Call for Posters.
Environments and Global Health
The Changing Context of Global Health
Ethics and Equity in Global Health
Law and Global Health
Public Policy, Economics and Global Health
International Approaches to Global Public Health: Insights from Africa, Asia, and Europe
Building an Ethical Framework for Education and Research in Global Health
An ethical agenda for global public health
Monday, September 16 at 8:30am to 7:30pm
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons 140 Commonwealth Ave