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Webinar - How Can We (and Why Should We) Analyze the Ethics of Paternalistic Policies in Public Health?
The purpose of this webinar is to equip public health actors to conduct a critical and nuanced ethical analysis of public health policies or population-based interventions accused or suspected of being paternalistic. This webinar will be held on February 19, 2019, from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST. It will be followed by an optional 30 min. discussion period.
January 2019. Description. Registration.

Presenters Michael Keeling, Scientific Advisor, NCCHPP
Maxime Plante, Scientific Advisor, NCCHPP
Date Tuesday Febuary 19, 2019 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST
(followed by an optional and non recorded 30 min. discussion period). 

Ce webinaire sera presenté en français le 12 février 2019, pour en savoir davantage, cliquez ici.

Registration  Click here to register.


In the first section, we offer an overview of paternalism (definition, examples) and we examine a few reasons why we might be attracted to, or – to the contrary – reluctant to accept, public policies that are called paternalistic. In the second, more practical, section, we offer a three-step approach to conducting a nuanced ethical analysis of population-based policies or interventions that are accused or suspected of being paternalistic.

Learning objectives

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able:

  • To understand what paternalism is and to cite examples of some healthy public policies that have been called paternalistic ;
  • To determine whether a policy is actually paternalistic ;
  • To conduct a critical and nuanced ethical analysis of paternalistic public health policies by determining what type of paternalism is in play in order to comparatively weigh it against the values that a policy promotes as well as those on which it impinges.

Associated reading

This webinar will be based on the material in the NCCHPP paper:
How Can We (and Why Should We) Analyze the Ethics of Paternalistic Policies in Public Health?
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Continuing Education Credits

This webinar is accredited by the École de santé publique de l'Université de Montréal (University of Montréal's School of Public Health). The process is free. To obtain your continuing education units, you must participate in the webinar and sign in to the platform using your name and surname as indicated in your registration form. You must also fill in an online evaluation form that will be sent by e-mail after the webinar. Your continuing education credit certificate will then be delivered to you by email.


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