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SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
BIOETHICS AND HUMANITIES

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B H 201 Topics in Bioethics and Humanities (2)
Introduces topics in clinical, research, and population health ethics and methods of ethical analysis and argumentation. Addresses topics such as the birth of bioethics, informed consent, end-of-life care, genomic medicine, social justice in healthcare and in population health, and global bioethics. Credit/no-credit only.
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B H 311 Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine (3) I&S N. JECKER
Case-based approach to ethical topics in medicine, such as abortion, genetic testing, physician-assisted death, and euthanasia. Emphasizes utilizing ethical principles and methods of case analysis. Offered: Sp.
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B H 402 Ethical Theory (5) I&S N. JECKER
Studies the major normative ethical theories, including both teleological and deontological approaches. Emphasizes moral philosophy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as contemporary commentary. Offered: jointly with PHIL 412.
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B H 404 Metaethical Theory (5) I&S N. JECKER
Studies the major metaethical theories, including both cognitivist and noncognitivist approaches. Emphasizes moral philosophy during the twentieth century, as well as contemporary commentary. Offered: jointly with PHIL 413.
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B H 420 Philosophical Problems in Bioethics (3) I&S Jecker
Introduces the philosophical concepts and controversies that underlie contemporary bioethical debates. Explores issues using the literature of bioethics and philosophy, contemporary film, works of fiction, and conversations with health professionals. Students learn philosophical methods of analysis and argument, and debate different sides of ethical issues.
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B H 421 History of Eugenics (5) I&S Woiak
Examines the history of ideas, policies, and practices associated with eugenics and human genetics from the late nineteenth century to the present in American society and other national contexts. Offered: jointly with DIS ST 421.
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B H 440 Philosophy of Medicine (5) I&S N. JECKER
Familiarizes students with central issues in the philosophy of medicine. Focuses on the nature of medical knowledge, the connection between theory and observation, the meaning of medical concepts, and the relationship between theories and the world. Offered: jointly with PHIL 459.
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B H 444 Ethical Implications of Emerging Biotechnology (3) S. FULLERTON
Introduces students to select biotechnology innovations and invites consideration of the ethical and policy implications surrounding their development and potential use. Offered: W.
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B H 456 Social Justice and Health (5) I&S Blacksher
Examines the moral grounds for the view that social inequalities in health are unjust using contemporary literature from moral philosophy and bioethics, case studies, and film. Explores basic questions integral to determinations of social injustice as well as moral constraints on the pursuit of health equity.
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B H 460 Reflections on Research, Responsibility, and Society (3) I&S
Explores ethical and policy issues that emerge in the conduct of basic, applied, translational, community-based, and collaborative research. Addresses the ethical debates that arise in the context of planning, implementing, and disseminating research.
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B H 474 Justice in Health Care (5) VLPA/I&S N. JECKER
Examination of the ethical problem of allocating scarce medical resources. Emphasizes the fundamental principles of justice that support alternative health policies. Offered: jointly with PHIL 411.
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B H 497 Bioethics and Humanites Special Electives (*-, max. 30)
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B H 499 Undergraduate Research (*, max. 5)
Investigative work in biomedical ethics or history of the biomedical sciences.
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B H 502 Ethical Theory (5) Jecker
Studies the major normative ethical theories, including both teleological and deontological approaches. Emphasizes moral philosophy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as contemporary commentary. Offered: A.
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B H 509 Ethics and the Social Determinats of Health (2) Blacksher
Engages student in ethical questions that confront healthcare workers who serve poor and minority patient populations. Using literature from social epidemiology, bioethics, and case studies, students examine questions about clinicians' duties and patient responsibilities, controversial disease prevention programs and policies, and broader questions of social justice. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: Sp.
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B H 513 P-Ethical Responsibilities of Medical Practice (2) Dudzinski, McCormick
Provides intensive and practical guidance about management of principal ethical and legal problems that arise in clinical practice: informed consent, confidentiality, decisions regarding life-support, advance directives and surrogate decision-makers, duty to care for indigent and risky patients. One week intensive course. Offered: S.
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B H 514 Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (3)
Equips the student to anticipate and assess potential legal, ethical, and social barriers complicating the incursion of new genetic advances, information, and technologies into public and private healthcare delivery efforts. Prerequisite: GENOME 361, GENOME 371, or equivalent. Offered: jointly with LAW H 504/PHG 512; A.
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B H 518 Spirituality in Healthcare (2)
Examination of the beliefs, values, meaning, and spirituality of health professionals for the well-being of their patients as well as for themselves. Offered: jointly with FAMED 547/SOC W 587; Sp.
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B H 527 Social Science Research Methods (3) D. BOWEN
Introduces students to research methods in bioethics, ranging from qualitative to quantitative: interviews, focus groups, surveys, and experimental and observational designs. Students write research questions, match research methods to research questions, and conclude with a proposal that uses a social sciences empirical approach to address their research question. Offered: jointly with PHG 527; Sp.
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B H 535 Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence (3-) Dudzinski, Kuszler
Examines the relationship between bioethics and law. Reviews the basic concepts of both disciplines; their theoretical and practical connections. Analysis of principle legal cases and statutes illustrating such issues as informed consent to treatment, foregoing life support, research with human subjects, confidentiality, and allocation of health care resources. Offered: jointly with LAW H 503.
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B H 536 Research Ethics and Regulation (3) Mastroianni
Explores the ethical foundations, principles and concepts, and U.S. laws related to the conduct of research with human subjects. Required for graduate students in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine. Offered: jointly with LAW H 536; W.
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B H 544 Ethical Implications of Emerging Biotechnology (3) S. FULLERTON
Introduces students to select biotechnology innovations and invites consideration of the ethical and policy implications surrounding their development and potential use. Offered: W.
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B H 548 Methods in Clinical Ethics (3)
Introduces the history, practice, and research methods in clinical ethics. Case-based examination of methods including principalism, casuistry, narrative methods, virtue ethics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructors: Schellenberg Offered: A.
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B H 551 Human Genomics: Science, Ethics, and Society (3)
Explores the ethical and social implications of human molecular genetics and genomics investigation. Recent research is critically evaluated for its potential impact on scientific practice, research participation, and societal understandings. Prerequisite: LAW H 504/B H 514/ PHG 512 or permission of instructor. Instructors: Fullerton Offered: jointly with GENOME 573; A.
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B H 552 Advanced Qualitative Methods (4) Starks
Examines and compares phenomenology, discourse analysis, and grounded theory. Reviews the history of ideas and critically reads examples of published articles to appreciate how each method frames questions and produces different analyses.
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B H 553 International Research Ethics, Law, and Policy (3) Kuszler, Rivin
Exploration of legal requirements and ethical principles related to responsible conduct and research in a variety of different government structures, healthcare systems, and research environment. Compares and contrasts law and ethical standards applicable to research enterprises in developing countries, industrialized countries, and ethically distinct communities. Offered: jointly with LAW H 511; A.
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B H 556 Social Justice and Health (5) Blacksher
Examines the moral grounds for the view that social inequalities in health are unjust, using contemporary literature from moral philosophy and bioethics, case studies, and film. Explores basic questions integral to determinations of social injustice as well as moral constraints on the pursuit of health equity.
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B H 560 Genomics, Ethics, and Policy (2, max. 10) Burke, Edwards, Fullerton, Starks
Explores the intersection of genomics, ethics, and policy, with a particular focus on examining the benefits of genomics for medically underserved communities. Offered: S.
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B H 566 Introduction to Person Centered and Interprofessional Palliative Care (5)
Introduces fundamental concepts in narrative and person centered communication and interprofessional practice. Presents foundations for learning to apply an interdisciplinary approach to palliative care. Offered: A.
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B H 567 Advanced Topics in Person Centered and Interprofessional Palliative Care (5)
Interprofessional course presenting advanced concepts in narrative and person centered communication and interprofessional practice. Offered: Sp.
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B H 568 Palliative Care: Quality Metrics and System Integration (5)
Prepares students to integrate team based palliative care into a larger system, introduces community engagement, and palliative care policy issues. Specific content includes building palliative care service, engaging leadership to support palliative care, and using quality metrics to leverage and support quality care. Offered: Sp.
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B H 574 Justice for Healthcare (5) N. JECKER
Examination of the ethical problem of allocating scarce medical resources. Emphasizes fundamental principles of justice that support alternative health policies. Offered: W.
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B H 590 Health Ethics: Theory (4)
Explores ethical theories and shows how they are interpreted and applied in clinical contexts. Examines deontological and teleological approaches, including utilitarianism, kant's ethics, Aristotle's ethics, Rawls's ethics, and feminist ethics. Builds knowledge of ethical theories, skills of ethical argument, and practice using theories in case analysis. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
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B H 591 Health Ethics: Law (4)
Explores legal cases, laws, statutes as well as paradigm ethics cases that inform clinical ethics consultation. Focus on ethical and legal issues that arise for ethics consultants from conception (assisted reproductive technologies) through death (withdrawing life-sustaining treatments). Addresses equity issues inherent in our polarized health care system. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.
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B H 592 Health Ethics: Theory (4)
Explores the methodologies through which students can employ ethical theory in clinical contexts. Coursework investigates ethical approaches, such as Virtue Theory, Feminist Ethics, and Casuistry. Assignments build the skills of communication and ethical analysis used in the clinical setting, such as writing chart notes and facilitating case discussion. Offered: Sp.
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B H 595 Ethics Practicum (1-6, max. 6)
Students participate in clinical ethics rounds, case discussions, review of research protocols, or other professional activities related to bioethics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only.
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B H 596 Master's Research Project ([1-12]-, max. 12)
Research project culminating in a scholarly paper suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Majors only. Credit/no-credit only.
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B H 597 Special Topics in Medical Ethics (1-5, max. 15)
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B H 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
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