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Public Health Ethics is the first peer-reviewed international journal to focus on a systematic analysis of the moral problems in public health and preventive medicine. It contains original articles, reviews, and case studies about the nature of public health and related concepts (e.g. population, public, community, prevention); discussions of values in public health; and ethical issues in relation to all aspects of public health policy and practice. This includes normative issues in epidemiological research, health promotion, infectious diseases control, screening, population genetics, resource allocation, health care system reform, vaccinations, environmental and lifestyle factors relevant to health, equity, justice and global health. PHE combines theoretical and practical work from different fields, notably philosophy, law, and politics, but also epidemiology and the medical sciences. Contributors are particularly encouraged to discuss the practical impact of their work on public health policies. PHE is therefore an important resource for scholars and students in bioethics and public health, but also for professionals and policy makers.


Ethics of research with human subjects or animals

When reporting on studies with human subjects, authors should indicate in their manuscript whether the design of the study has been reviewed by an independent research ethics committee or that it conforms to standards currently applied in the country of origin. The name of the authorizing body should be stated in the paper. Manuscripts should also include a statement about the informed consent process in the study. Any information about individuals, including illustrations, should be anonymized as far as possible.

When reporting on animal experiments authors should indicate whether the institution’s, national research council’s, or any other law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Public Health Ethics is covered by the following abstracting and indexing services:

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
Philosopher’s Index
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)


YearImpact FactorSi: Medical EthicsSsi: EthicsSsi: Public, Environmental & Occupational HealthSi: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
20151.28310 out of 1717 out of 5191 out of 153115 out of 172
20141.18210 out of 1812 out of 5294 out of 145115 out of 162
20131.2697 out of 1813 out of 5075 out of 136101 out of 160
20120.78811 out of 1822 out of 48105 out of 136129 out of 158
20110.74123 out of 47104 out of 131132 out of 157

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index by ISI.


Dr. Angus Dawson
Dr. Marcel Verweij

Impact Factor 1.283

5-Yr impact factor: 1.496

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