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The ethics of population health screening

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Academic background
Health Sciences, Humanities
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualification
PhD
Department
Bioethics Centre
Supervisor
Professor John McMillan

Overview

We have an opportunity available to make an original contribution to an important and under-researched area of bioethics.

The public is, in general, enthusiastic about screening for disease:

  1. How should the wishes of those who want screening be weighed when we have reason to think we will probably harm them?
  2. Should individual risks and benefits should be factored into population level judgments about harm and benefit? If so, how?
  3. What does screening aim at? Is 'proportion of population screened' a suitable aim? Is “Equity” an ethically defensible aim for a screening programme?

Contact

John McMillan
Tel   +64 21 2796123
Email   john.mcmillan@otago.ac.nz