AH 205 : Medical Ethics

Transcript title

Medical Ethics



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

WR 121.


Explores the relation of traditional ethical precepts to current biomedical ethical controversies. Open to all students without prerequisites, but recommended primarily for students enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, programs in nursing or other health care professions.

Learning outcomes

a. demonstrate knowledge of current issues in healthcare that have an ethical dimension (examples: confidentiality, genetic privacy, physician assisted suicide, rationing of health care, etc) and relate the important legal and governmental actions in the past 25 years the make up the field of “Medical Ethics”.
b. describe the theories of relevant theories of ethical thought and the relevance of each to ethical conduct and interpret these theories as they relate to current issues in the healthcare field.
c. define the basic philosophic principles of medical ethics (autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence and justice) and apply them to case discussions.
d. understand and discuss the importance of conflicting values and morality as related to ethics in healthcare.
e. evaluate cases presenting “ethical dilemmas” and analyze these cases using critical analysis tools.
respectfully discuss ethical issues with others and evaluate opinions which may directly or indirectly contradict your own beliefs and/or feelings. Learn to see “both sides”.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Discipline Studies/Arts and Letters

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