Michael J. Garland, DScRel

Professor Emeritus


DScRel (Ethics) Docteur ès sciences religieuses, University of Strasbourg, France, 1971
MA (Theology), University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1968
ThL (Licentiate in Theology), Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1968
PhL (Licentiate in Philosophy), Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1968
BA (Philosophy and Letters), Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1960

Primary Role in the Department

My academic focus is on the basic social ethics commitment from which public health flows. At discussion forums, I continue to bring the Department’s social ethics focus into the programs of the OHSU Center for Ethics in health care. I have emphasized social ethics and public participation in my scholarly writings and community service activities.  As opportunities arise, I continue to promote the Department’s vision of prevention and common good in the arena of state health policy.

In addition to serving on the Public Health and Preventive Medicine faculty from 1978-2002,  I also served as Associate Director and later Director of Educational Policy in OHSU’s Center for Ethics in Health Care.

My publications in the field of biomedical ethics focus on ethical issues in the allocation of health care resources, social ethics education in health professions' curricula, ethics in human experimentation, ethical issues in withholding treatment from the terminally ill, and the community's role in guiding ethical choices in health policy. I co-founded a civic organization, Oregon Health Decisions, in 1983 to foster public participation in the development of state health policy. The organization has played a continuing role in maintaining public involvement in critical policy choices affecting the Oregon Health Plan.

Recent Publications

Michael Garland, “Health Values and Health Reform:  Would We Go There If We Could?” Open Spaces Quarterly Vol. 7, No. 4 (2005), 16-23.

Michael Garland and James Oliver, Health Values Survey 2004 (report of data gathered for the Oregon Health Policy Commission) Oregon Health Decisions, 2004

Michael Garland and Merwyn Greenlick,, “Health Insurance” entry in Post, Stephen G. 2004.  Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd edition.  New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Michael Garland and John Stull, “Public Health and Health System Reform: Access, Priority Setting, and Allocation of Resources” in Bruce Jennings, Jeffrey kahn, Anna Mastroianni, and Lisa Parker, Ethics and Public health: Model Curriculum, Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington, D.C., 2003.
(Download at: http://www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=782.)

Michael Garland, “Public Health—What’s the Public Got to do with it?” Oregon”s Future (Fall, 2002), 56-57.

Mark Merkens and Michael Garland, “The Oregon Health Plan and the Ethics of Care of Marginally Viable Newborns” Journal of Clinical Ethics 12,3 (2001): 266-274.

Michael J. Garland, "Chapter 4, The Oregon Health Plan Ten Years Later, Ethical Questions and Political Answers" in E. Loewy and J. Loewy, Changing Health Care Systems from Ethical, Economic, and Cross Cultural Perspectives, 2001.

Michael J. Garland, "Who's Responsible for Rationing Health Care? Review of Pricing Life: Why it's Time for health Care Rationing by Peter A. Ubel. Medical Humanities Review 2000;14(2): 52-55.