Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics is aimed at working public health professionals interested in gaining a greater understanding of ethical inquiry in public health. Public health programs, policies, and laws should be critically analyzed and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics opens up lines of exploration and prepares the student to assess the limits of what we, as a society do to protect and promote the public’s health. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop famously proclaimed that anything we do to get people to stop smoking is good; public health ethics questions the extent of that “anything” and asks about the meaning of “the good.” The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics at UMass Amherst encourages public health professionals to ask about what is right and what is good in public health practice and enables students to skillfully engage the contemporary debates of public health ethics.