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Graduate Doctoral Seminar in Bioethics

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Policy and Management
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
  • Travis N. Rieder
Travis Rieder

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. Understand 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.

Enrollment Restriction:

Non HPM PhD bioethics students must obtain instructor consent to register

Instructor Consent:

No consent required