Written by epidemiologists, ethicists, and legal scholars, this book provides an in-depth account of the moral problems that often confront epidemiologists, including both theoretical and practical issues. An introduction explores the theoretical and practical problems while leading issues areexamined in later chapters. The topics covered include informed consent, privacy and confidentiality protection, the balancing of risks and benefits, ethical issues in the study of vulnerable populations, the institutional review board system, and professional education. All articles in the volumeare original and include detailed references and bibliographic information. Epidemiologists, public health researchers, bioethicists, and health policy-makers will value the insight this book provides into the ethical dilemmas faced in epidemiologic research.