October 24, 2018
Community Health Education's Daniel Goldstein presented a webinar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introducing SPHHS’s newest online offering: the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics. The Office of Scientific Integrity of the CDC has a public health ethics unit, which ensures leadership in public health ethics. In conjunction with a recent call for papers for a book on narrative ethics and public health, Goldstein was invited to discuss how the concept of narrative has played a part in his research and teaching activities.
Goldstein’s presentation described the Graduate Certificate in Public health Ethics and included a discussion of how the concept of narrative has influenced his approach to public health ethics. In fulfilling the mission of Public Health -- to ensure the conditions in which people can be healthy – Goldstein believes that narrative public health can play a fundamental role. He notes, “There are often unexamined assumptions about how our social conditions are structured and maintained and because these conditions form the situations we are born into we often accept them without question, simply as the way things are.” Goldstein believes that re-visioning “the way things are” with the concept of narrative can help us adjust the social structure so that it accommodates the health of more and more citizens.
Goldstein’s webinar depicted three important elements of ethics pedagogy in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics: ethics engagement; ethics reflection; and ethics capacity, and all of these elements together serve his greater goal of establishing UMass Amherst as a center for creative ethics education for the nation’s public health practitioners.