Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

What Makes Health Public?
A Critical Evaluation of Moral, Legal, and Political Claims in Public Health


Award Winner

Part of Cambridge Bioethics and Law

  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107602410

£ 32.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • John Coggon argues that the important question for analysts in the fields of public health law and ethics is 'what makes health public?' He offers a conceptual and analytic scrutiny of the salient issues raised by this question, outlines the concepts entailed in, or denoted by, the term 'public health' and argues why and how normative analyses in public health are inquiries in political theory. The arguments expose and explain the political claims inherent in key works in public health ethics. Coggon then develops and defends a particular understanding of political liberalism, describing its implications for critical study of public health policies and practices. Covering important works from legal, moral, and political theory, public health, public health law and ethics, and bioethics, this is a foundational text for scholars, practitioners and policy bodies interested in freedoms, rights and responsibilities relating to health.

    • Functions as both a foundational text and as an analytic critique to those interested in public health ethics and public health law
    • Develops a 'self-aware' methodological approach to engagement with political theory, allowing readers to evaluate the complex issues involved in the development and assessment of moral, legal and political claims
    • Demonstrates and evaluates the broad nature and scope of public health's apparent 'jurisdiction' and responds to those concerned about public health's 'overreach' and those concerned that important health-related issues should not be lost in analysis or ignored by policy-makers
    Read more


    • Highly Commended, Health and Social Care Category, British Medical Association Book Awards 2013

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Students, researchers and policymakers interested in public health ethics should engage with this insightful and stimulating, if very demanding, thesis. It forces the reader to think about 'the bigger picture' and challenges taken for granted assumptions about the nature and parameters of public health.' H. Fairbrother, Public Health

    '… Coggon's achievement is substantial. What Makes Health Public? provides a carefully argued examination of the normative bases for public health policies.' Wendy E. Parmet, Medical Law Review

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107602410
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Concepts and Public Health:
    1. Health, normativity, and politics
    2. The public, and things being public
    3. The seven faces of public health
    4. Public health policy
    5. Public health law and ethics
    6. Conclusion to Part I
    Part II. Evaluating Evaluations: Making Health Public:
    7. Analysis in the political realm
    8. Making health public
    9. Conclusion to Part II
    Part III. Tackling Responsibility: Liberal Citizens as Subjects and Sovereigns:
    10. Liberal citizens: defining non-individuated individuals
    11. Health made public: rights, R=responsibilities and shared concerns
    12. Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Moral Problems and Theories
    • Moral Theories and Problems
    • Public Health Law and Ethics
  • Author

    John Coggon, University of Southampton
    John Coggon is a research fellow in the School of Law, University of Manchester. His research focuses principally on legal, moral and political issues relating to health and welfare. He was the winner of the 2006 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research, awarded by the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California, in conjunction with the International Association of Bioethics. From 2007 to 2010 he held a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship.


    • Highly Commended, Health and Social Care Category, British Medical Association Book Awards 2013

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.