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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 FactorSi: Public, Environmental & Occupational HealthSi: Medical EthicsSsi: EthicsSsi: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
20141.182115 out of 16210 out of 1812 out of 5294 out of 145
20131.269101 out of 1607 out of 1813 out of 5075 out of 136
20120.788129 out of 158105 out of 136
20110.741132 out of 15723 out of 47104 out of 131

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.