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Citation

Agee B, Gimbel RW. Am. J. Public Health 2009; 99(8): 1505-1509.

Affiliation

Preventive Medicine and Biometrics Department, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA. rgimbel@usuhs.mil

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, American Public Health Association)

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2007.133173

PMID

18633077

PMCID

PMC2707490

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We explored the relationship between the preparedness of master of public health (MPH) graduates in public health law and ethics and their completion of courses in these areas. METHODS: We reviewed accredited public health schools and programs to assess the supply of required and elective courses in law and ethics. In addition, we conducted an Internet-based scenario survey of MPH graduates. Survey results were analyzed, and relationships between scenario responses and completion of law and ethics courses were assessed. RESULTS: Of the 93 programs and schools reviewed, 14% required a course in ethics and 16% required a course in law. The majority (range = 55%-76%) of the survey respondents indicated being "prepared" or "very prepared" for each of the 9 public health scenarios. There were no significant relationships between scenario responses and completion of an ethics course. Responses to 2 scenarios (one involving food code violations and one involving a prison population) were significantly related to participants' completion of a course in law. CONCLUSIONS: Few public health schools and programs require graduate courses in ethics and law. Most MPH graduates report being prepared to address public health challenges. Additional research is necessary to improve techniques for measuring preparedness.


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