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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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An article in the American Journal of Public Health by historian Merlin Chowkwanyun at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health examines the response by the Cleveland Clinic to the 1966 riot in the predominantly low-income, African-American East Side neighborhood. Chow
Columbia Mailman School has inaugurated a Master of Public Health Dual-Degree Program with a Master of Science in Bioethics at Columbia University in partnership with Columbia's School of Professional Studies. The program enables students to gain&
In an unexpected decision in mid-October, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by three paint manufacturers, thus holding them responsible for lead contamination in thousands of homes in California. Decades in the making, the decision hinged in large part on historical research a

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