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SPPH 481b: Public Health Ethics Class Exercise: Conceptions of Health and Public Health 1. In the reading for today, Holland distinguishes between negative and positive conceptions of health. What is the difference between these two conceptions? Give an example to illustrate how a person could be healthy according to one of these definitions but not the other.Negative conceptions of health: 2. Is there any reason to prefer a negative conception of health to a positive one, or vice versa? Write down a premise that supports one conception of health over the other. (I will ask for volunteers to write their premises on the board, and then the class will, as a group, attempt to construct arguments based on them by filling in the conclusion and additional premises. Premise for Negative concept of health Negative health is more easily defined than positive health Disease inherently has an effect on well-being 1. Negative health can be easily defined, but positive health cannot be 2. Public health interventions require an easily defined conception of health must be easily measured, statistics, accountability 3. (Implicit) We should adopt a concept of health that supports PH interventions C. The negative concept of health is superior than the positive Premise for Positive concept of health Health depends on a subjective sense of well-being Positive concept is more inclusive 1
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Is the argument valid? (= conclusion follows if premises are granted) Are the premises true?
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  • Fall '18
  • Matilda
  • Epidemiology, Conceptions of Health and Public Health

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