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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
Interim Chair and Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan
Associate Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Sheila Rothman
Sociomedical Sciences (in the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine)
Stephen Morse
Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center
Merlin Chowkwanyun
Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor
Sociomedical Sciences

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Throughout my time at Mailman, I’ve had many well-meaning friends and relatives ask me, “What is public health? What exactly is it that you’re studying?” I know I’m not alone in being at a loss to explain such a broad and changing field to those outside of it. But rather than provide a neat
Constance A. Nathanson, professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has been named a 2019 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Nathanson was one of 168 honorees, from more than 3,000 applicants, for the annual award that recog
This February, as the country celebrates Black History Month, one significant anniversary of the African-American experience has been largely overlooked. Four centuries ago, in 1619, the first Africans arrived in what would become the United States, landing in modern-day Virginia.Robert Full

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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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