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date: 26 May 2019

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Collection of data is essential to the practice of public health. This chapter provides a brief introduction to ethics and public health data collection, as well as an overview of chapters in the related section of The Oxford Handbook on Public Health Ethics. A key ethics challenge has been, and will remain, how best to balance the health of the community with the respect owed to individual citizens. The four chapters in this section examine various aspects of those ethics challenges, including those related to the scope of public health surveillance activities, the distinction between public health practice and public health research, community-based participatory research (CBPR), and the use of big data to answer public health research questions.

Keywords: public health surveillance, public health research, community-based participatory research, CBPR, big data, public health ethics

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