Course Information

The Ethical, Legal and Political Lessons of Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S

Course ID: MPBH 495-004 / HSM 355-004
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Public Health, Health Care Administration
Credit Hours: 1

Course Description

In a public health crisis, leaders and public policy makers must confront the ethical and legal implications of actions (and in-actions?) including impacts on population health, economic vitality, and the social and political will to follow emergency policies. This course will explore current and emerging U.S. policy decisions affecting the COVID-19 pandemic such as, quarantine power and social distancing requirements; closure of schools and non-essential businesses; and the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization power. Discussion will focus on separation of powers and coordination between federal, state, and local authorities during a public health emergency and ethical considerations of policy-making given uncertain data and the importance of legitimacy in the making of policy decisions. We will explore lessons learned to date and implications for moving forward. Objectives • Identify the domains of public health ethics and legal framework affecting public health policies in the U.S. • Analyze legal and ethical issues that arise in protecting population health during a pandemic in a democracy with divided government • Identify frameworks to assist decision makers when evaluating future health policies affecting management of the COVID-19 pandemic

Loyola University Chicago’s Parkinson School Summer Short Courses 2021

Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health invites degree and non-degree seeking students to participate in a series of 1-credit special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19.

Resilient and robust public health and health care systems rely on the interdependence of groups such as individuals, schools, employers, public health professionals, community organizations, first responders, healthcare professionals, and governments.  

Now, more than ever, these groups are challenged to increase their collective, scientific public health literacy and capacity to understand and leverage emerging public health data and identify strategies to tackle the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Strong public health literacy is the foundation for strengthening our collective resilience and response - as we move from flattening the curve, to controlling transmission, and ultimately, to preventing infection with the advent of a vaccine.

Series Objectives
These courses will:

  • introduce participants to key concepts, resources, and tools to help you support health system resilience and economic recovery
  • help participants interpret the science in the news
  • provide roadmaps to help participants anticipate and implement COVID-19 policies and actions to mitigate risk and promote health.

Each course will provide a different lens through which participants will view public health and health care system resilience along with “takeaway” insights applicable in any health crisis. 

Who Should Attend
Adult learners, students and non-students alike, and leaders at all levels who want to increase their knowledge and skills to lead or manage a health emergency.  Participants have the option to pursue a course for a credit, should they choose. 

Each course will follow a similar seminar-style format, including discussion and Q&A with Parkinson School faculty with expertise in areas including surveillance, emergency preparedness, health care administration, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, laboratory testing, and environmental transmission of disease. Readings and digital resources will be provided to guide learning. Aligned with Loyola’s Jesuit tradition, students will use individual reflection and application exercises to translate knowledge into action.

For more information about registering for courses, please contact Lucia Garcia (lucgarcia@luc.edu)

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor Location
B Wed 6:00 - 8:00 PM Swartzman ONLINE

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