Public Health Ethics

What is Public Health Ethics?
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) values fairness in all matters regarding the residents, organizations, animals, and environment of Harris County.

Occasionally the interests of public health and the community can come into conflict. When that occurs, HCPH follows an ethics review process, aligning with the principles outlined in the HCPH Code of Ethics.

Helpful resources:

How a local health department can start an ethics committee

Key principles of the ethical practice of public health

To report an issue:
If you have an issue of ethical concern about HCPH, please contact the appropriate HCPH Division or Office Director.

To report a Human Resources issue, send an email to: hr@hcphes.org

To conduct research at HCPH, send an email to: irb@hcphes.org.

To file a grievance or complaint about a clinic visit, contact the clinic where the visit took place


Each issue will be reviewed and may require a formal process conducted by the HCPH Ethics Committee.

Issues related to Human Resources, research, or a clinic visit are not under the authority of the HCPH Ethics Committee and cannot be addressed as an ethics review.