Required Course Courses

The degree requires 21 credit hours (7 classes) of core courses:

BETH 621: Ethical Theory

Recent developments in ethical theory, such as examinations of the status of moral facts; moral realism; impartiality and personal attachments; or moral agency.

BETH 680: Foundations of Bioethics

Grounding in the major theories and methods of bioethical decision-making, including contemporary controversies about the role of theory, principles, cases, narrative, and virtues.

BETH 681: Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics

Topics in health care ethics currently attracting the most attention in both professional and public discussions. A variety of viewpoints on these topics will be considered.

BETH 682: Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care

Examines ways social groupings and systems affect the kind of health care needed and the kind of care that people receive. Addresses both biases and stereotypes, and empirical claims about biologically-based differences.

BETH 683: Health Care, Community, and Justice

Examines theories of justice and equality as they apply to issues in health care delivery, considers explanations for why disparities exist, and explores practical ways that communities have addressed inequalities.

BETH 684: Clinical Ethics

Application of ethical principles, virtues, and cases in the context of clinical care, with a practical approach toward ethics consultation and conflict resolution. This course includes rounding with participating physicians. Past students have observed in the following areas: neonatal intensive care, pediatric surgery, transplant surgery, electrophysiology and cardiac device lab, emergency room, and burn unit.

BETH 685: Integrative Bioethics: Self and Other in Theory and Practice

Capstone seminar for Health Care Ethics MA program in form of a collaborative seminar. Students produce a culminating project designed to integrate their experiences and education into a useful offering for the local health care system.