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GH 301: Medical Ethics

This course provides an extensive introduction to the main methods, central topics, and core issues in contemporary medical ethics. We will begin with an introduction to basic moral theories and a consideration of some of the methods bioethicists and health care professionals utilize when addressing the ethical dimensions of medical care and biomedical research. These considerations will serve as a background for our examination and assessment of a representative cluster of issues in medical ethics, including paternalism, patient autonomy, informed consent, reproduction, stem cell research, care of children, and end of life care. We will also consider a number of real biomedical cases that have raised difficult ethical and policy issues for health care professionals, medical institutions, and research. 

Instructor: Dr. Steven Harris

If you have questions about this course, please email Dr. Harris.