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306.625.01 Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Holly Taylor
Course Instructor:

Knowledge of health policy a plus.


Explores ethics, the moral relevance of health and the use of ethics in the assessment of health policy. Acquaints students with a number of theories of social justice. Also explores contemporary public health and health care policy issues (e.g. environmental toxin, pay for performance), using the lens of ethical analysis to supplement other approaches to policy analysis. Students develop their skills in ethical analysis and reasoning in order to critique and compare alternative strategies for to address public health and health care policy issues.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and consider ethical issues relevant to health policy, including analysis of issues in public health and health care (medical care and health services)
  2. Analyze the role of ethics in the assessment of policy options
  3. Analyze policy options with new-found ethical skills and begin to reason through appropriate courses of action
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be asked to participate in class, present summary and interpretation of select article(s) to group during the term and have a final paper assignment.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduates

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