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Examining Tensions in Public Health Ethics: Reflections from COVID-19

  • 07 Apr 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Webinar

Join us for the 8th Annual Ross Upshur Lecture on Public Health Ethics.

About this Event

The Ross Upshur Lecture on Public Health Ethics is a lecture which studies all aspects of public health ethics. Public health ethics affects everyone at local, national, and international levels. This lecture seeks to study the ethical problems which arise in public health and preventive medicine from both theoretical and practical perspectives.


Sally Bean, Ethicist and Policy Advisor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Brian Schwartz, Vice-President, Public Health Ontario

Alison Thompson, Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto


Maxwell J. Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University

About the lecture:

The 8th Annual Ross Upshur Lecture on Public Health Ethics will address some of the many ethical tensions that have been so clearly surfaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has demanded that people from all walks of life make extremely difficult decisions, such as those between individual freedoms and public protections. It has also illuminated with clarity the longstanding injustices that have existed in our social fabric and that must be faced for just futures for all.

Featuring Maxwell J. Smith as moderator, and Alison Thomson, Sally Bean and Brian Schwartz as panelists, this Upshur lecture will address ethical tensions touching on issues of clinical decisions, organizational resources, policy decision-making, and international community. Panelists will comment on insights that can inform the future of public health ethics.

This event is free and is open to the general public. The link to the lecture will be sent out to registered participants two hours before the event. It will be live streamed to our YouTube channel. If you do not receive the link, please head there on the day of the event and click on the upcoming live stream link.

Questions? Please email Laurie Bulchak,

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