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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
Epidemiology
David Rosner
Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Ezra Susser
Professor
Epidemiology and Psychiatry
James Colgrove
Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan
Associate Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Stephen Morse
Professor
Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center
Merlin Chowkwanyun
Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor
Sociomedical Sciences

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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
This year marks the 400th anniversary of a critical moment in our country’s history, one that continues to shape public health to this very day. It was 1619 when the first Africans arrived at the colony of Jamestown, in what is now Virginia. They may have been indentured servants—neither ens

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