2008 Application Catalog
Ethics of Prevention and Public Health
Closely linked to medical ethics and to bioethics, public health ethics has unique concerns that require scholarly research. Cancer prevention, connecting biomedical and social research with practical applications, is an ideal laboratory for ethical reflection.
In July 2002, the CPFP established specialty training in the ethics of prevention and public health. The CPFP has for years provided a multidisciplinary training environment for postdoctoral biomedical and social scientists, clinicians, and public health professionals. Training in the ethics of prevention and public health represents a new initiative within this well-established and highly regarded program. In addition to its unique features, the structure of this training is identical to that of the parent program, including eligibility, stipend, benefits, application procedures, and evaluations.
Background and Rationale. Public health ethics and the ethics of prevention are increasingly important concerns to scientists, health professionals, the public, and policymakers alike. Although linked to medical ethics and to bioethics, public health ethics has unique concerns that require careful consideration and scholarly research efforts.
Many excellent postdoctoral training programs in bioethics and medical ethics exist in the United States, but few focus primarily upon public health ethics. To our knowledge, no current program provides an opportunity to study ethical issues in cancer prevention research and in their application to public health and clinical preventive practice. Developing specialty training in the ethics of cancer prevention at the NCI is an important priority, filling a national need.
Brief Program Description. The program provides:
Research Opportunities. General categories of research topics include:
Specific research opportunities will be defined by the interests of individual fellows and those of available research preceptors.
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