Bioethics is the study of the ethical dimensions inherent in medical and scientific research, the delivery and practice of health care, the training and conduct of clinical providers, and the creation of national and global health policy. In addition to normative analysis, the study of these important topics requires critical examination of the philosophical underpinnings, history, social and political context, and cultural variables and representations that shape and transform medicine and the life sciences. Therefore, by its nature, bioethics is an inter-disciplinary field that brings different methodological and conceptual analyses to a core set of concerns that includes: the doctor-patient relationship, the allocation of scarce medical resources, scientific and medical experimentation, reproductive rights, access to healthcare, patient and surrogate decision-making, assisted dying and end-of-life care, genetic engineering and enhancement, conflict of interest, and advances in biotechnology, genetics, reproductive technologies, and neuroscience.
Six courses are required for the bioethics minor. To become a minor, contact Dr. Ann Greene or Dr. Harald Schmidt, the advisers for the minor.
NOTE: To get the Bioethics Minor on your transcript (not just on your worksheet) please contact Dr. Greene.
Students must complete one course in each of three foundation areas:
Students must also complete one course in each of three content areas:
A course may count toward both the foundation and the content requirement, but not for two or more foundation requirements or two or more content requirements
Departments represent different communities. Courses, though cross-listed, have homes in certain departments. Because bioethics is an interdisciplinary field
- Students must select courses from at least three different departments
- Students cannot count more than three courses from one department
- HSOC majors may only double-count 3 cu between HSOC and the BIOE minor
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