2015 BTHX Courses

Spring 2015 BTHX Courses
January 20 - May 8, 2015

*Two new courses!

BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 003 - open to upper level undergrads; BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics, Sec 003
3 cr, Mon 2:30 – 3:00 pn
Debra DeBruin, PhD, Steven Miles, MD

  • This course explores matters of social justice related to health. Readings from multiple disciplinary perspectives ground examination of how to understand social justice in this context. Class sessions will predominantly focus on specific practical issues such as health disparities, the politics of inclusion and exclusion in clinical research, and resource allocation in resource poor settings. Discussions incorporate consideration of these issues’ institutional and broader “social” contexts. This course is appropriate for a wide audience including students from the health professions, philosophy, social science, and law.

BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 006 - open to upper level undergrads
3 cr, Tues 6-8:30 pm
Alex Lubet, PhD

  • This course is an examination of ethical issues pertaining to disability, with an emphasis on discussion and consideration of widely contrasting perspectives. Issues discussed include physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, selective abortion, cochlear implant technology, sterilization, special versus inclusive education, Universal Design/Universal Instructional Design, disability accommodations, and built and social environments, examined within, social, legal, policy, and cultural environments. Assignments include, readings, viewings, journaling, field projects, and research papers.

BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 001 - open to upper level undergrads; BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics, Sec 001; NURS 5800
2 cr, Mon  4-5:30pm
Joan Liaschenko, RN, PhD, FAAN; & 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.

BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 002 / JOUR 5990 - open to upper level undergrads
3 cr, Tues 9:30-noon
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, Sec 004 - open to upper level undergrads; BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics, Sec 004
3 cr, Wed 9:30-noon
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 5325 - open to upper level undergrads
3 cr, Thur 9:30-noon
Carl Elliott, 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.

BTHX 5610
1 cr, Tues 3:30-4:20 pm
Steven Miles, MD

  • This 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 8000, Sec 006; GCD 8920
3 cr, Wed 3:30-5:30pm
Brian Van Ness, PhD

  • This interdisciplinary class 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. This course will be highly accessible to a wide range of students; there are no science or law prerequisites. This is an interactive class, with opinions valued, and policies created.

BTHX 8114; GCD 8914
3 cr, Thurs 2-4:30 pm
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 literature and engage in the process of individual and group decision-making about current ethical and legal challenges in human genetics.

Individual studies with faculty 

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY – BTHX 5900, 1-4 cr
  • ADVANCED INDEP STUDY – BTHX 8900,, 1-4 cr

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

September 8 – December 16, 2015

Bioethics Proseminar
BTHX 5010
2 cr, Tues 1:30 - 3 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.

Introduction to Clinical Ethics
BTHX 5100
3 cr, Wed 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.

Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture
BTHX 5120/8120
2 cr, Mon 4 - 5:30 pm
Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • 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.

Ethics of Human Subjects Research
BTHX 5210
3 cr, Tues 3:30 – 6 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.

Foundations of Bioethics
BTHX 5300
3 cr, Wed 9:30 – noon
Carl Elliott, MD, PhD 

  • This course provides an overview of major theoretical frameworks and foundational issues in bioethics.

Emerging Sciences and Technologies: Law Ethics & Policy
BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics in Bioethics, Sec 002
Meets with PA 5790/Law 6037
3 cr, Thurs 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.

Individual studies with faculty

Independent Study in Bioethics – BTHX 5900, 1-4 cr
Advanced Independent Study in Bioethics – BTHX 8900, 1-4 cr

  • 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.

Practicum in Bioethics – BTHX 8500, 1-3 cr

  • 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.