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The purpose of the Pandemic Ethics Dashboard

We provide information here to support policy makers, administrators, and employers – those who institute policies affecting groups of people. We present ethics guidance that emerged from broad consensus processes. And we apply ethics principles to the new issues in workplaces and educational settings that have emerged in the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Resources we provide additional guidelines from U.S. states and other countries, tools for implementing ethical practices, and more.

How to use the Ethics Dashboard

The Dashboard has two organizing structures: one by the phase of a pandemic, the other by audiences seeking ethical guidance.

  1. Select a phase or an audience from the top menu
  2. Select an ethical issue from the landing page
  3. Scan the recommendations from the documents
  4. Link to the source document for more detail and context.

Who developed the Ethics Dashboard?

The Pandemic Ethics Dashboard was developed by epidemiology professor and ethicist Jim Thomas, MPH, PhD, in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Thomas was the lead author of the first Public Health Code of Ethics and participated in the 2019 revision. He was a member of the ethics advisory group to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they wrote their pandemic ethics guidance. He also contributed to several other state, national and international groups on ethics in pandemic influenza.

Dr. Thomas’ work in public health spans four decades and more than 40 countries. His principal interests are in social forces underlying epidemics, the ethical practice of public health in a pandemic, and global health ethics.

Creation of the Pandemic Ethics Dashboard was supported by a Gillings Innovation Laboratory award from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

For media inquiries on the Pandemic Ethics Dashboard, please contact the Gillings School of Global Public Health media team at