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Foundations of Bioethics

East Baltimore
1st term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Anne Barnhill
Anne Barnhill



Offers an introduction to central approaches and issues in bioethics. Includes a discussion of the history of the field and the issues that led to its birth and growth internationally. Introduces philosophical, empirical and non-empirical approaches to bioethics and core ethical issues in clinical care, public health, science and research. Provides a foundation for future study in bioethics.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss the history of bioethics and how it evolved as a field
  2. Differentiate methods and approaches in bioethics including philosophical, empirical, and non-empirical approaches
  3. Identify ethical issues in clinical practice, public health, science, and research and examine approaches to addressing them
  4. Apply a global perspective to bioethics issues
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Participation
  • 60% Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment priority given to MBE students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate and all non-MBE, Bioethics Certificate students and Berman Postdocs

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Please note: this is the virtual section of a course that is also offered onsite. Students committed to the modality for which they register.