A code of ethics is “a statement encompassing the set of rules based on values and the standards of conduct to which practitioners of a profession are expected to conform” (The Free Dictionary). While working as a technician in public health, there are some codes of ethics which the technician must adhere to. Some of them are as follows:1. Public health should address principally the fundamental causes of disease and requirements for health, aiming to prevent adverse health outcomes.2. Public health should achieve community health in a way that respects the rights of individuals in the community.
3. Public health policies, programs, and priorities should be developed and evaluated through processes that ensure an opportunity for input from community members.4.
Public health programs and policies should be implemented in a manner that most enhances the physical and social environment.5. Public health institutions should protect the confidentiality of information that can bring harm to an individual or community if made public. Exceptions must be justified on the basis of the high likelihood of significant harm to the individual or others.
6. Public health institutions should ensure the professional competence of their employees. (Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health) Having a code of ethics in any profession is vital. It ensures that everyone involved is held accountable for their actions. It also ensures those receiving services are treated with respect and given quality services. In the health profession the code of ethics is extremely important. “A code of ethics for public health clarifies the distinctive elements of public health and the ethicalprinciples that follow from or respond to those distinct aspects.
It makes clear to populations andcommunities the ideals of the public health institutions that serve them. A code of ethics thus serves as a goal to guide public health institutions and practitioners and as a standard to which they can be held accountable” (Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health).In the medical field there are those whose goal is to educate the people in heath issues. They are called heath educators. “A Health Educator’s ultimate responsibility is to educate people for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, and improving individual, family, and community health. When a conflict of issues arises among individuals, groups, organizations, agencies, or institutions, health educators must consider all issues and give priority to those that promote wellness and quality of living through principles of self-determination and freedom of choice for the individual” (Coalition of National Health Education Organizations).When looking at both the technician and the educator, I found some similarities in some of the codes of ethics for both.
In Article IV in the code of ethics for educators it speaks of the educator respecting the rights of the people. “Health Educators promote integrity in the delivery of health education. They respect the rights, dignity, confidentiality, and worth of all people by adapting strategies and methods to the needs of diverse populations and communities.” (Coalition of National Health Education Organizations). Likewise, in the code of ethics for the public health care worker, it speaks of the technician having respect for the people. Thus, both of these professions require their employees have integrity and respect.
Article VI of the code for educators speaks of the educator providing quality education that benefits the profession and the public. Likewise in the code of ethics for the public health care worker, it speaks of the public health institutions ensuring professional competence of their employees. They both require that the employees are taught the essentials so that they can provide the people with the best possible care.While the technicians are responsible for upholding these codes of ethics, the educator is responsible for making sure they know what they are. Working together, the people are given a better of chance of acquiring the most excellent services possible.