Of utmost significance to the ethical decision-making are values and beliefs that an individual holds dear to in his/her daily life. Similarly, in public health practice, these values and beliefs are essential (Fallon, &Zgodzinski, 2012). In essence, this paper aims at determining how personal values and beliefs will promote the making of just and fair decisions in own public health efforts. Moreover, it will focus on establishing the consistency of own public health efforts to the GCU’s emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace.
Personal Values and Beliefs and Ethical Decision-making in Public Health
Central to my persona are various values and beliefs that will come handy in making ethical decisions in public health. A case in point is the value for the quality of life, which in personal terms necessitates the preservation of life at all cost. Such a value is significant in public health practice since it enables one to appreciate the sanctity of life while working in the community. That is for sure because the appreciation of the sanctity of life will inform one’s choice of preserving a pregnancy instead of aborting, which is an unethical public health decision.
Notwithstanding, personal belief in equality for all is another foundation that will inform the formulation of just and fair decisions in public health. Such is the case given that this belief enables one to provide public health services in equal measure and per the needs of the community members. A public health effort of this kind translates to justice and fairness, which are pillars for making ethical decisions.
Relationship of Own Efforts to GCU’s Emphasis of Applying Christian Values and Ethics
Precisely, the personal public health efforts are consistent with GCU’s emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics. That is for sure because GCU is a Christian-based institution that encourages unity in diversity by enrolling students from different cultural and religious backgrounds. Such an emphasis allows its students to work in harmony with others that do not share the same culture, which translates to equality for all persons. On the other hand, the value of equally treating all people employed in personal public health practice also promotes unity among human beings. As such, this public health practice is in line with GCU’s emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics.
In closure, it is apparent that values and beliefs are essential for personal commitment to ethical decision-making. As such, there is a need for self-evaluation for the identification of these values that will ensure individuals make just and fair decisions. However, failure to do so can only mean the inability to commit to making ethical decisions for the unforeseeable future.
Fallon, L. F., &Zgodzinski, E. J. (2012). Essentials of public health management.Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning.