1.2 Why is Public Health Controversial

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Unformatted text preview: of the Commons Exemplified in many environmental laws “Freedom to pollute” When Can Government Restrict When Individual Freedom? Individual To prevent harm to others – generally acceptable Paternalism – acceptable for children To protect individuals from their own actions? (opposed by libertarians) For the “common good” – lots of room for controversy Moral and Religious Opposition Sex and reproduction Alcohol and drugs Assisted suicide and other end­of­life decisions Politics vs. Science There is always the possibility of tension Conservative control of federal government intensifies the conflict Discussion Give an example of a measure that would benefit public health but might be expensive to implement. Who would benefit? Who would pay the cost? HIV Epidemic: Historical Context AIDS activist Eric Sawyer explains the social context of the epidemic in its early years. Think: how does social context influence PH core functions of assessment; policy development; and assurance? Edward Tyler’s Definition of Culture Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, laws, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man...
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