Health Communication Ethics Case Studies

Doxing in the Name of Public Health

Doxing in the Name of Public Health

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical concerns accompany the use of internet shaming in the age of COVID-19?
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Producing Fear for the Greater Good?

Producing Fear for the Greater Good?

[CASE STUDY]: How much complexity can we overlook in persuading young adults to fight COVID-19?
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Ethics and E-Cigarette Advertising

Ethics and E-Cigarette Advertising

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical concerns arise in regulating e-cigarette advertising?
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Limiting or Lifesaving?

Limiting or Lifesaving?

[CASE STUDY]: Are there any ethical problems with banning anti-vaccination content from social media platforms?
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Side Effects May Include Persuasion

Side Effects May Include Persuasion

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical concerns are raised by direct-to-consumer advertising for pharmaceutical products?
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Don’t “Like” My Children

Don’t “Like” My Children

[CASE STUDY]: What could go wrong when parents share information about their children online?
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First, Do No Harm?

First, Do No Harm?

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical issues arise when balancing doctor-patient confidentiality and the protection of third parties?
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