About This Training

Public Health Ethics Online Training.This interactive, one-hour, online course covers the basics of public health ethics and teaches strategies for making ethical decisions for situations that commonly arise in public health practice. You will explore the content of the American Public Health Association Public Health Code of Ethics (2019) and learn how to apply it and other tools to case studies.

Course Objectives

As a result of this training, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the key differences between the ethical approaches of the clinical and public health professions.
  • Define the core values of public health.
  • Describe the APHA Public Health Code of Ethics’ considerations and their application to decision-making.
  • Consider different theoretical perspectives to apply to ethical dilemmas.
  • Use an eight-step procedure to critically consider ethical issues in public health practice.

Access the Training

This training is available to participants at no charge. Recommended browsers for viewing include the latest versions of: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari.

Open the Public Health Ethics Online Training module.

Evaluation and Completion Certificate

You must complete and submit the post-training evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Complete the evaluation.


This course is jointly provided by:

  • The North Carolina Division of Public Health at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Development of this course was supported through a contract to the North Carolina Institute for Public Health from the North Carolina Division of Public Health as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Health Workforce Development Initiative investment in North Carolina’s public health workforce.

Email us at nciph@unc.edu.
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