2013 BTHX Courses

Fall 2013 Bioethics Courses

BTHX 5000 Topics in Bioethics: Gender and the Politics of Health
3 cr, Sec 002 Tues 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Debra DeBruin, PhD and Susan Craddock, PhD
This course explores the moral and political importance of gender in topics related to health. These issues are situated within their institutional and broader social contexts. This course is appropriate for a wide audience including students from the health professions, philosophy, social science, and law.
Meets with BTHX 8510 and GWSS 8220

BTHX 5010 Bioethics Proseminar
2 cr, Wed 2 – 3:40 pm
John Song, MD, MPH, MAT 
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 5210 Ethics of Human Subjects Research 

3 cr, Thurs 4 – 6:30 pm 
Leigh Turner, PhD 
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, Mon 4 – 6:30 pm 
Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN 
This course provides an overview of major theoretical frameworks and foundational issues in bioethics.

BTHX 5610 Research and Publication Seminar 
1 cr, Wed 12:30 – 1:20 pm
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 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 8000, sec 002 Advanced Topics: Nanotechnology & Society 
3 cr, 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.
Meets with LAW 6037 and PA 8790

BTHX 8333 Master’s FTE

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.

BTHX 8510 Gender & Politics of Health
3 cr,Tues 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Debra DeBruin, PhD and Susan Craddock, PhD
Meets with BTHX 5000, Sec 002, and GWSS 8220 – See description above

BTHX 8777 Master’s Thesis Credits

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.


Spring 2013 Bioethics Courses

BTHX 5000/ Topics in Bioethics AND 
BTHX 8000, Advanced Topics in Bioethics:
Sec 1 Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture 
3 cr Mon 4 – 6:30 pm 
Joan Liaschenko, RN, PhD, FAAN; Steven Miles, MD; Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, PhD, ACNS, BC
The goals of this course are to achieve a greater understanding of death and dying in contemporary society, to explore the ethics of dying, and to provide a space for reflection on one's own death. Open to upper level undergrads at 5000-level. 8000-level course will require additional work.
Cross listed with NURS 5800

BTHX 5000 Topics in Bioethics 
Sec 2 Emerging Technologies & Society 
3 cr Mon, Wed 9:45 - 11:00 am
Jennifer Kuzma, PhD
This course will examine emerging technologies and their ethical, legal, societal and policy implications. Each student will choose an emerging technology to explore through a variety of assignments including a video presentation designed to promote public understanding of the technology and a policy brief about general issues associated with it. The course will promote interdisciplinary discussion of emerging technologies; students from diverse backgrounds including public affairs, law, social sciences, bioethics, and geography are welcome, as are PhD natural science students and undergraduate seniors in excellent standing.
Cross listed with PA 5731

BTHX 5000 – Topics in Bioethics (2 cr)
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.
Cross listed with LAW 6824 and GCD 8920

BTHX 5325 Biomedical Ethics
3 cr Mon 1 – 3:30 pm
Debra DeBruin, PhD 
This course surveys major topics and issues in bioethics, for example informed consent, confidentiality, ethical issues in health research, care at the end of life, and the allocation of medical resources.
Cross listed with LAW 6038

BTHX 5610 Research and Publication Seminar 
1 cr Thurs 1:30 – 2:20 pm
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 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 8000, Advanced Topics in Bioethics:
Sec 1 Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture (see BTHX 5000)
3 cr Mon 4 – 6:30 pm 
Joan Liaschenko, RN, PhD, FAAN; Steven Miles, MD; Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, PhD, ACNS, BC
The goals of this course are to achieve a greater understanding of death and dying in contemporary society, to explore the ethics of dying, and to provide a space for reflection on one's own death. Open to upper level undergrads at 5000-level. 8000-level course will require additional work.
Cross listed with NURS 5800

BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics in Bioethics: 
Sec 2 Crossing Borders: Transnational Medical Travel & the Global Marketplace
for Health Services
3 cr Wed 4 – 6:40 pm
Leigh Turner, PhD
This course will investigate various kinds of medical travel and the moral issues these journeys generate. The course will examine kidney selling in Pakistan and the Philippines; commercial surrogacy in India; travel to assisted suicide clinics in Switzerland; gender re-assignment surgery in Thailand; journeys to stem cell clinics in China and India; “Liberation Treatment” in Bulgaria and Ukraine; and cosmetic surgery in Argentina and Costa Rica. The course is designed to help class participants make original contributions to ethical analysis of transnational medical travel and the global marketplace for health services.

BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics in Bioethics, 
Sec 3 Bioethics, Psychiatry and Psychology
3 cr Thurs 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Carl Elliott, MD, PhD
This class will explore philosophical and ethical issues in psychiatry and psychology. Potential topics include the moral responsibility of psychopaths/sociopaths for their actions, insanity pleas, the sociology of institutionalization, clinical trials of psychiatric drugs, cosmetics psychopharmacology, recent work in experimental philosophy; and classic experiments in social psychology.

BTHX 8114/
GCD 8914 Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetic Counseling
3 cr Mon 9:30 am – noon
Bonnie LeRoy, MS, CSC
This multidisciplinary course is available to graduate students in genetic counseling and others interested in ethical and legal issues that are faced by health care practitioners who see clients with genetic concerns. Students learn how to review and assess relevant scientific and bioethics of literature and engage in the process of individual and group decision-making about current ethical and legal challenges in human genetics.

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.

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.