2012 BTHX Courses

Fall 2012 Bioethics Courses

BTHX 5010 Bioethics Proseminar (2 cr) 
Wed 4 - 5:40 pm
Debra DeBruin, PhD 
The Proseminar will familiarize graduate students with a wide range of topics in bioethics and the work of a number of faculty affiliated with the program, to help students select mentors and research programs.

BTHX 5100 Introduction to Clinical Ethics (3 cr) 
Tues 4 - 6:40 pm
Steven Miles, MD
This course uses real cases to examine the most frequent ethical problems faced by clinicians, patients and families, and ethics consultants. Topics include forgoing life sustaining treatment, decisional capacity, informed consent, treatment refusals, death and dying, pediatric ethics, reproductive issues, research ethics, psychiatric illness and more. This course is intended for students in all fields, practicing clinicians, and members of ethics committees and consulting services.

BTHX 5210 Ethics of Human Subjects Research (3 cr) 
Tues 3 – 5:40 pm 
John Song, MD, MPH, MAT
This course addresses ethics and policy issues in research on human subjects including an examination of the policy history, the changing models of oversight, and analysis of possible approaches for oversight of controversial areas of science.

BTHX 5300 Foundations of Bioethics (3 cr)
Thurs 1:00 - 3:40 pm
Carl Elliott, MD, PhD
This course provides an overview of major theoretical frameworks and foundational issues in bioethics.

BTHX 5610 Research and Publication (1 cr) 
Mon/Wed 1:25 - 2:15 pm 
Steven Miles, MD 
This seminar is for students wishing to incorporate work in bioethics into professional writing. It provides an overview of how to design career publication strategies, manage authorship issues, craft papers for various kinds of publications and how (and why) to perform peer review.

BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics in Bioethics: Nanotechnology & Society (3 cr)
Meets with LAW 6037
Tues 4:05 – 7:00 pm
Leili Fatehi, JD
This course will explore an interdisciplinary approach to examining the legal, public policy, social, economic, and ethical implications of nanotechnology; the need to develop public policies for nano-technology from the perspective of different stakeholders; and examine different statutory objectives and regulatory strategies. Students with a broad range of interests are encouraged to enroll.

BTHX 8500 Practicum in Bioethics (1-3 cr)
Center Faculty 
This course provides supervised placement to apply knowledge and skills learned through work in core courses. An individualized plan is developed between student, bioethics adviser or DGS, and mentor at practicum site.

Spring 2012 Courses

BTHX 5900 Independent Study in Bioethics;
BTHX 8900 Advanced Independent Study in Bioethics (1-4 cr) 

Center Faculty 
Students propose an area for study or advanced study with faculty guidance, expressed in a written proposal which includes outcome objectives and work plan. A faculty member directs the student’s work and evaluates their project.

BTHX 5000/8000 – Topics and Advanced Topics in Bioethics (3 cr)
BTHX 5000 Sec 004 Animal Ethics
BTHX 8000 Sec 001 Animal Ethics

Course requirements will be adjusted as appropriate for 5000 or 8000 level registration.
Tues 4-6:30 pm
Joan Liaschenko, RN, PhD, FAAN; Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, FCCM

Animal Ethics will examine the morality and ethics of human-animal interactions in various contexts. These include cultural and historical views of animals; animals as companions; euthanasia of unwanted animals; use of animals in scientific research; animal production related to food and sustainability; animal law; zoonotic diseases and global health; animals as entertainment; and the use of animals in therapy. This course will examine underlying assumptions that ground views about animals. It will address issues such as the moral status of animals, their cognitive capabilities, the human animal bond, and the use of human power in controlling animals. Human relationships with animals are changing and this course offers a venue for exploring some of the moral and ethical questions in these evolving relationships.

BTHX 5000 - Topics in Bioethics (3 cr)
Meets with JOUR 5990
Sec 001 Investigative Journalism & Bioethics
Wed 1-3:30
Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

This seminar will explore the links between investigative journalism, medicine and bioethics. Students will learn how to write magazine articles, how to investigate medical stories, and how to write query letters to editors. The seminar will examine classic and contemporary works of investigative health journalism, works of literary non-fiction related to medicine, and memoirs by doctors and medical students. It will also examine citizen muckraking, non-profit investigative journalism, the public relations industry, the decline of print journalism and the rise of digital media, and how these developments are shaping the relationship between bioethicists and the press.

BTHX 5000 – Topics in Bioethics (2 cr)
Meets with LAW 6824 and GCD 8920
Sec 002 Genetics: Law & Ethics
Wed 3:35-5:30
Brian Van Ness, PhD; Leili Fatehi, JD

This interdisciplinary seminar will examine the legal, ethical, medical, and scientific issues posed at the cutting edge of biomedical science, focusing on genetics, genomics, and assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in human beings. Topics will include the human genome project; history of eugenics; issues posed by genetic and genomic research; commercialization of genetic research, including issues raised by gene patents; genetic testing, counseling, and screening; prenatal screening and preimplantation genetic diagnosis; the use of genetics in ART; human gene therapy; pharmacogenetics; the privacy of genetic information; and issues of discrimination. For 3rd year law students, this course may fulfill the 3rd year writing requirement. Graduate students only.

BTHX 5000 – Topics in Bioethics (2 cr)
Sec 003 Pediatric Ethics
Mon 4-5:50 pm
Donald Brunnquell, PhD, LP

This course will offer an interdisciplinary forum to explore the major issues of applied bioethics in the care of children. A brief review of moral theory and the history, philosophy, and sociology of childhood will provide the context for pediatric bioethics. It will move into topical discussion of major issues including who decides for the child, child development and how to account for emerging autonomy. This course is intended to reach across the spectrum of both professional and academic disciplines working with children such as medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, law, public health, and education, as well as child development, anthropology, and philosophy.

BTHX 5610 – Bioethics Research & Publication (1 cr)
Steven Miles, MD

This seminar is a how-to course in academic publication. It focuses on scientific papers and addresses career publication strategy, selecting publication venues, literature searching, resolving authorship issues, ethics in publication, and special topics in manuscript formatting (structure abstract, paper sections, citations, footnotes, and acknowledgments).

BTHX 5900 – Independent Study in Bioethics (1-4 cr)
Center Faculty

Students propose an area for advanced study with faculty guidance, expressed in a written proposal which includes outcome objectives and work plan. A faculty member directs the student's work and evaluates their project.

BTHX 8114 – Ethical and legal Issues in Genetic Counseling (3 cr)
Meets with GCD 8914
Fri 8:30 - 11 am
Bonnie LeRoy, MS, CGC

This multidisciplinary course is available to graduate students in genetic counseling and others interested in ethical and legal issues faced by health care practitioners who see clients with genetic concerns. Students learn how to review and assess relevant scientific and bioethics literature and engage in the process of individual and group decision-making.

BTHX 8333- FTE: Masters

BTHX 8500 – Practicum in Bioethics (1-3 cr)
Center Faculty

This course provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned through work in core courses; involves directed work in a practice setting such as a hospital ethics committee or institutional review board. An individualized plan is developed between student, bioethics advisor or DGS, and mentor at practicum site.

BTHX 8777 – Thesis Credits: Masters

BTHX 8900 – Advanced independent Study in Bioethics (1-4 cr)
Center Faculty

Students propose an area for advanced study with faculty guidance, expressed in a written proposal which includes outcome objectives and work plan. A faculty member directs the student's work and evaluates their project