Should physician-assisted suicide be legalized? Is there a right to health care? Should genetic technologies be used for enhancing human capabilities? What ethical ideals ought to govern the patient-provider relationship? These are just a few of the questions addressed in biomedical ethics. Biomedical ethics is the study of the ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine and health care. In this course, we will begin by examining several major ethical theories, including critiques of these thoeries that have lead to alternative approaches to ethical decision-making. We will then investigate a range of specific ethical issues through the lens of these theories and approaches.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 6 , 9