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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.


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 FactorSsi: EthicsSsi: Public, Environmental & Occupational HealthSi: Public, Environmental & Occupational HealthSi: Medical Ethics
20141.18212 out of 5294 out of 145115 out of 16210 out of 18
20131.26913 out of 5075 out of 136101 out of 1607 out of 18
20120.78822 out of 48105 out of 136129 out of 15811 out of 18
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.