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Hillsdale College Academy for Science and Freedom Releases Statement on “Ethical Principles of Public Health”

HILLSDALE, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Academy for Science and Freedom at Hillsdale College has released a statement entitled “Ethical Principles of Public Health.” The statement, coauthored by a dozen prominent medical science, public health, and biomedical ethics experts from around the world, outlines the necessary conditions for a humane and effective response to a national public health crisis.

“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a tragedy,” said Scott W. Atlas, a founding fellow at Hillsdale’s Academy for Science and Freedom. “Not only was the response ineffective; it also revealed how quickly the ruling class and scientific experts were willing to throw away the freedoms that define the American way of life.”

The 10-point statement was written by the Academy for Science and Freedom in collaboration with several national and international experts in the medical sciences and related fields.

Notable contributors to the statement include:

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

President, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.

Scott W. Atlas, M.D.

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in Health Policy, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Founding Fellow, Academy for Science and Freedom, Hillsdale College; Co-Director, Global Liberty Institute, Switzerland

David Bell, MBBS, Ph.D.

Public health physician, Texas

Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Health Policy, and Director, Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging, Stanford University School of Medicine; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR); Founding Fellow, Academy for Science and Freedom, Hillsdale College

David Doat, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, ETHICS Laboratory, Catholic University of Lille, France; Associate Researcher at the ESPHIN Institute, University of Namur, Belgium

Carl Heneghan, B.M., B.C.H, M.A., M.R.C.G.P., D.Phil.

Director, Centre for Evidence-based Medicine and Professor, University of Oxford, UK

Aaron Kheriaty, M.D.

Senior Fellow, Zephyr Institute; Chief of Medical Ethics, The Unity Project; Fellow and Director, Bioethics and American Democracy Program, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.

Martin Kulldorff, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Harvard University (on leave); Senior Scholar, Brownstone Institute; Founding Fellow, Academy for Science and Freedom, Hillsdale College

Robert W. Malone, M.D., M.Sc.

Molecular immunologist, Founder, The Malone Foundation, Virginia

Peter A. McCullough, M.D., M.P.H.

Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases; Chief Medical Advisor, Truth for Health Foundation, Tucson, Arizona

Elisabeth Paul, Ph.D.

Independent consultant, Health Policies and Systems, Liège, Belgium

Roger Severino

Vice President, The Heritage Foundation; Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C.

“Many in the fields of medicine, ethics, and public health who voiced concerns about the pandemic response were silenced,” said Atlas. “This statement was created with the help of many of those who were ignored.”

Hillsdale College established the Academy for Science and Freedom to combat the recent and widespread abuses of individual and academic freedom made in the name of science. The Academy, which operates out of Hillsdale’s campus in Washington, D.C., educates the American people about the free exchange of scientific ideas and the proper relationship between freedom and science in the pursuit of truth. This statement is emblematic of that work.

“We are sincerely grateful for the help and support we have received across the country and world,” said Atlas. “The American people should be, too.”

The statement can be read and shared here.

To learn more about the Academy for Science and Freedom, its mission, and its fellows, click here.

For a high-resolution copy of the Hillsdale College clocktower logo, click here.

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale College’s campus in Washington, D.C., extends the College’s educational mission to the nation’s capital by teaching and promoting the principles and practice of American constitutionalism. As the home of the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program, the James Madison Fellowship Program, the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, the Academy for Freedom in Science, and a variety of lectures and events open to policymakers and the public, Hillsdale in D.C. seeks to inspire and form students, citizens, practitioners, and statesmen, who will restore America’s principles and revive self-government in the political life of the nation. For more information, visit

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent, nonsectarian, Christian liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 6.3 million. For more information, visit

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