2014 BTHX Courses

BTHX COURSES Spring 2014
January 21 – May 9, 2014

ETHICAL ISSUES IN GLOBAL HEALTH
BTHX 5000 Topics, Section 003 

3 cr, Thurs 4 – 6:30 pm
Leigh Turner, PhD

  • This course will survey ethical issues in global health. Topics for consideration may include the sale of organs in countries such as Pakistan, assisted suicide clinics in Switzerland, access to treatment for HIV/AIDS in developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, international health disparities, and the connection between health and human rights. The course has no prerequisites, and is open to advanced undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Participation from students across a wide variety of fields will promote robust discussion of ethical issues.

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
BTHX 5325 / LAW 6038

3 cr, Thurs 2:30 – 5 pm
Carl Elliot, MD, PhD

  • This course surveys major topics and issues in biomedical ethics including patients' rights and duties, informed consent, confidentiality, ethical issues in medical research, the initiation and termination of medical treatment, euthanasia, abortion, and the allocation of medical resources.

GENETIC COUNSELING ISSUES
BTHX 8114 

3 cr, Thurs 2 - 4:30 pm
Meets with GCD 8914 
Bonnie LeRoy, MS, CGC

  • This multidisciplinary course is available to graduate students in genetic counseling and other graduate students 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 literature and engage in the process of individual and group decision-making about current ethical and legal challenges in human genetics.

GENETICS & ASSISTED REPRODUCTION, LAW & ETHICS
BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 004

3 cr, Wed 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Meets with LAW 6824 (2 cr) and GCD 8920 (2 cr)
Leili Fatehi, JD; Brian Van Ness, PhD

  • 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.

INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL ETHICS
BTHX 5100 

3 cr, Mon 4 – 6:30 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.

MEDICAL CONSUMERISM
BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 002 
BTHX 8610 Sec 001

3 cr, Tues 9:45 am – 12:15 pm
Meets with BTHX 8610 
Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

  • Two related movements have emerged in American health care. The first is an emphasis on medical enhancement, or the use of medical technologies to improve the looks, performance and psychological well-being of people who are healthy. The second is the submission of the American health care system to the machinery of consumer capitalism. This seminar will use an interdisciplinary set of texts to explore the implications of medical consumerism. How is the consumerist model of medicine shaping our concepts of disease and disability? What larger historical developments have led to our current situation? How are the tools of medical enhancement shaping the way we think about our identities and the way we live our lives?

PEDIATRIC ETHICS
BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 006
BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics, Sec 003

2 cr, Tues 4 – 5:40 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.

Individual studies with faculty

• INDEPENDENT STUDY – BTHX 5900 1-4 cr
• ADVANCED INDEP STUDY – BTHX 8900, 1-4 cr
• PRACTICUM IN BIOETHICS - BTHX 8500

Master's FTE (Advanced Master's Status) - BTHX 8333 
Master's Thesis Credits - BTHX 8777

BTHX COURSES Fall 2014
September 2 – December 10, 2015

BTHX 5000 Topics – BIOETHICS, PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr)
BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics (3 cr)
Thurs, 9:30 am – noon, Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

  • 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 class experiments in social psychology.

BTHX 5100 – INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL ETHICS (3 cr)
Wed, 4 – 6:30 pm, Steven Miles, MD

  • Real cases are used 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. 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)
Thurs, 3:30 – 6 pm, Leigh Turner, PhD

  • 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

  • Provides an overview of major theoretical frameworks and foundational issues in bioethics.

BTHX 5400 – INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS IN HEALTH POLICY:
OVERSIGHT OF CONTROVERSIAL SCIENCE (3 cr)

Tues, 1 – 3:30 pm, Debra DeBruin, PhD

  • There is a history of policy making in the US for the oversight of controversial science, whether it is basic lab research (eg, recombinant DNA, human embryonic stem cell research), research involving humans (eg, gene transfer research) or clinical medicine (eg, organ donation and transplantation).  This course will examine some of that history, and the ethics, law and policy that have been applied in crafting policy in these areas. The goal is to assess what has been learned over the history and how those lessons can be applied in new and evolving areas of controversial science.

BTHX 8000, Sec 002 – Advanced Topics in Bioethics (3 cr)

Emerging Sciences and Technologies: Law Ethics & Policy

Meets with PA 5790/Law 6037

Mon, 4:05-7pm, Leili Fatehi, JD

  • This interdisciplinary course will examine issues at the nexus of law, ethics, public policy, and emerging sciences and technologies (ES&T) including nanotechnology, genetic and biomedical engineering, cognitive science, synthetic biology, and robotics. Topics will include the role of science and technology as both a tool for and the subject of law and policy; the legal, ethical, economic, and policy implications of ES&T research and development; environmental and human health risk analysis and regulation (eg, EPA, FDA, OSHA, and state and local regulatory mechanisms); intellectual property issues; liability issues; and global impacts. Students with a broad range of interests are encouraged to enroll.