Public Health and Public Goods

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Academic Publication
Year Published: 
2011
Publication: 
Public Health Ethics
Volume: 
Volume 4, Number 3
Pages: 
251–259

It has become increasingly difficult to distinguish public health (and public health ethics) from tangentially related fields like social work. I argue that we should reclaim the more traditional conception of public health as the provision of health-related public goods. The public goods account has the advantage of establishing a relatively clear and distinctive mission for public health. It also allows a consensus of people with different comprehensive moral and political commitments to endorse public health measures, even if they disagree about precisely why they are desirable.

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