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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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The year 1945 was a turning point for the American healthcare system. It was also a big year at the Columbia Mailman School, which saw the creation of the Division of Hospital Administration, known today as the Department of Health Policy and Management. Last week, the Department cel
A new report assesses the many negative repercussions of President Donald Trump’s policies on the health of people living in the United States and beyond while suggesting that the renewed energy of contemporary social movements may presage a more progressive future. Merlin Chowkwanyun, PhD,
A new Columbia Mailman School course will introduce students to health leaders of color whose impact is largely absent from history books. From African American physicians whose work has gone unnoticed to policymakers whose legacy has yet to be written, the course in the Department of H

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