Bioethics Courses

We offer an array of interdisciplinary Bioethics courses that are open to students across the University. Some of these courses fulfill ethics requirements for students in other programs at the University, including requirements for Interprofessional Education for health professions students. See course registration Information.

Spring 2022 Courses

Joan Henriksen, PhD, RN, HEC-C | Thursdays, 3:30 - 6 pm | 3 cr | Partially Online | Intro to Clinical Ethics | BTHX 5100
Healthcare is full of gray areas, high stakes situations, and tensions between personal and professional values. This course explores the moral nature of the healthcare…
BTHX 5000-002/8000-002 Medical Dystopias | Carl Elliot, MD, PhD | Wednesdays 9 - 11:30 AM (3 Cr) | Partially Online
Dystopian literature is a genre of fiction used to explore social and political structures in a dark, often politically repressive world. Starting most famously with Aldous Huxley…
BTHX 5000-001 Pandemic Ethics Debra DeBruin, PhD | Second half of Spring semester, Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:10 pm | 1 cr
This course will explore ethical issues in pandemic response, including contingency and crisis standards of care, protections for health professionals and other critical workers…

Fall 2021 Courses

Doctors Behaving Badly: The causes and consequences of medical research scandals
This course will take students on a tour of the deadliest and most controversial research scandals in recent medical history. Some of these episodes are well-known, such as the…
Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetic Counseling
This multidisciplinary course is available to graduate students in genetic counseling and other graduate students interested in ethical and legal issues that are faced by health…
Investigative Journalism
This seminar will explore the links between investigative journalism, medicine and bioethics. Students will learn how to write magazine articles, how to investigate medical…
 Biomedical Ethics
This course, delivered entirely online, examines issues in bioethics spanning clinical ethics, public health ethics, and research ethics. The course also introduces conceptual…
Ethical Issues in Pediatrics
Using real pediatric cases, we will examine some of the most pressing ethical issues faced by clinical teams, patients and families, and ethics consultants.