Public Health Ethics - elearning for healthcare
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About the Public Health Ethics programme

In 2020 Health Education England commissioned research into resources which provide public health specialists and practitioners with the necessary knowledge and competencies for good public health practice as required by the UK Faculty of Public Health and UKPHR. This elearning programme was developed to provide vital continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for the core and wider public health workforce.

There are 3 sessions available in the programme:

  • An introduction to public health ethics
  • Some basic theoretical underpinnings
  • Frameworks and case studies

These sessions align with the requirements of the UK Faculty of Public Health Specialist Training Curriculum, the Good Public Health Practice guidelines and the UKPHR practitioner standards to practice professionally; ethically and legally.

The 2022 public health specialty training curriculum specifically highlights public health ethics as a cross cutting theme in the curriculum and that All public health professionals must be able to recognise and practise within the ethical, legal and regulatory boundaries” and “the curriculum will be working towards ensuring that registrars learn about and reflect on ethical dimensions across public health practice.

In key area 9 on “Professional personal and ethical development (PPED)”, which maps to domains 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 GMC Generic Professional Capabilities, ethics of public health practice is highlighted as an area of the knowledge base.

Each session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and a certificate is available to download on completion of each session, to evidence CPD.

Primary and secondary audiences

  • People working in public health and related public sector and health policy roles
  • People studying public health
  • People pursuing public health practitioner registration
  • Public health specialists, practitioners and wider public health workforce
  • Public health registrars

Meet the team

Content Team

  • Dr Farhang Tahzib, Chair, Public Health Ethics Committee, UK Faculty of Public Health
  • Deborah Lear, Head of Workforce, Health Education England, South West Public Health Population and Public Health Academy
  • Steven Bow, Public Health Registrar, UCL, London
  • Professor Peter Schröder-Bäck, University of Applied Sciences for Police and Public Administration in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Professor John Coggon, Professor of Law, University of Bristol

elfh Team

  • Emma Nye, Programme Manager, Health Education England
  • Alice Denham, Lead Learning Designer, Health Education England
  • Charlotte Howell, Learning Designer, Health Education England
  • Catherine Moran, Graphic Designer, Health Education England
  • Robin Lewis, Animator, Health Education England
  • Rachel Gowland, Stakeholder Officer, Health Education England
  • David Williams, Project Manager, Health Education England

How to access

In order to access any elfh programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Public Health Ethics programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Public Health Ethics programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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