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History and Ethics

Without a historical frame, our understanding of public health interventions will always be diminished. Ethical considerations—and the history that informs them—guides research questions and policies.

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Faculty in History and Ethics

Alfredo Morabia
Professor of Clinical
David Rosner
Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Ezra Susser
Epidemiology and Psychiatry
James Colgrove
Sociomedical Sciences
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan
Associate Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Sara Abiola
Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management
Stephen Morse
Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center
Merlin Chowkwanyun
Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor
Sociomedical Sciences

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Lesley A. Sharp, PhD, a senior research scientist in sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a member of the faculty of Barnard College, has been named a 2020 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Sharp is one of 175 honorees s
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health have been examining its spread and ways to prevent new infections. At the same time, the School is tracking a parallel epidemic in racism and xenophobia directed at people of Asian heritage an
Bans and other policies restricting e-cigarette sales could do more public harm than good, according to a group of public health, tobacco policy, and ethics experts. In a piece published in the journal Science, the authors, including Ronald Bayer, PhD, professor of sociomedical sciences at C

Just Published

Fairchild, A.L., Dawson, R., Bayer, R., & Selgelid, M.J. (2017). The World Health Organization, Public Health Ethics, and Surveillance: Essential Architecture for Social Well-Being. American Journal of Public Health. View abstract

Morabia, A. (2016). The Obama Family's Histroic Contribution to Public Health. American Journal of Public Health. View abstract.

Colgrove, J. (2016). Vaccine Refusal Revisited — The Limits of Public Health Persuasion and Coercion. The New England Journal of Medicine. View abstract.  

Bayer, R., Johns, D., & Galea, S. (2016). A false aura of scientific controversy around salt? The Lancet. View abstract


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