Public Health and Public Goods
Public Health Ethics, Volume 4, Number 3, pp. 251-259, 2011
10 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2013
Date Written: 2011
It has become increasingly difficult to distinguish public health 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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