Balancing Public Health and the Patients' Rights: The Threat of Bioterrorism

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Mondale Hall, Room 25, University of Minnesota Law School

Is it possible to protect the public from threats of disaster – or even ordinary disease – without undermining the ethical and legal principles on which patient rights are based? Prof. Mariner explored the differences between medicine and public health and argue that uncritical endorsement of public health goals threatens patients' rights by ignoring fundamental values and legal principles.


 Jan Malcolm
Minnesota Department of Health

Prof. Debra DeBruin, PhD
Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota

Wendy K. Mariner, JD, MPH, LLM, is Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health; Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law; Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine; and Director of the Patient Rights Program in the School of Public Health. At Boston University School of Public Health, she is faculty coordinator for the JD-MPH joint degree program. Her research focuses on patient rights, health regulation, managed care, and ERISA. She was an American Foundation for AIDS Research/Michael Bennett Scholar to study AIDS and the future of entitlement to health care. More Information

October 16, 2002