Classroom Discussion Guide on Ethics and Public Health Emergencies

This guide provides discussion questions and topics based on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues’ report, Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response (Ethics and Ebola), to help instructors integrate ethics discussions into a high school or college science course.

The discussion guide presents two topics that explore ethical challenges for public health emergencies: 1) quarantine and isolation, and 2) clinical trials for vaccines and treatments. Relevant questions for classroom discussion are also provided.

Download the discussion guide here.

Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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