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306.861.01 Graduate Doctoral Seminar in Bioethics

Health Policy and Management
4th term
1 credit
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Nancy Kass
Course Instructor:

There is no formal prerequisite for the course, although it is recommended that students have taken Public Health and the Law, 306.650, Ethical Issues in Public Health, 306.655, and/or Legal and Ethical Issues in the Evolving Health Care System, 306.663.


Familiarizes students with contemporary and classic literature in bioethics and demonstrates how to rigorously critique empirical and normative writings in the field of bioethics. Readings for the seminar include recent publications in bioethics and some classic pieces in the field. Students are primarily responsible for selection of articles and for presentation of articles for discussion.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Have a deeper awareness of and understanding of the literature in bioethics and public health
  2. Analyze arguments in existing bioethics literature and respond to them independently
  3. Synthesize literature across different content areas of bioethics in order to provide linkages in the field
  4. Critique one another's work and scholarly arguments
Methods of Assessment:

Students will research and prepare a scholarly paper on a relevant topic of their choice that includes the production of a thesis statement, outline, and final draft. Students must also present their paper topic during latter classes.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

non-bioethics doctoral students required to obtain permission

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