2016 BTHX Courses

Fall 2016 BTHX Courses
September 6 - December 14

BTHX 5010 - Proseminar (2 cr)
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:10 pm,  John Song, MD, MPH, MAT
Open to Bioethics Graduate Students

This course is an intensive and dynamic course for Bioethics graduate students that familiarizes students with a wide range of topics in bioethics, such as Bioethics & Homelessness, Psychology of Morality, Uncertainty & Medical Decision Making, and Research Integrity. Students will also directly engage with leading experts in the field.  

BTHX 5100 - Introduction to Clinical Ethics (3 cr)
Thursdays, 9:30-Noon, Steven Miles, MD
Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

In this course students work through and discuss real cases to examine the most frequent ethical problems faced by clinicians, patients and families, and ethics consultations. This course is very interdisciplinary and is intended for students in all fields, practicing clinicians, and members of ethics committees and consulting services.  

BTHX 5300 - Foundations in Bioethics (3 cr)
Mondays, 4-6:30 pm, Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

This course will offer an overview of the foundational issues and major theoretical frameworks in bioethics. Includes the social and historical context of the field. Engages students in lively discussion as to how bioethical theory may be applied to ethical decision making. 

BTHX 5520/8520 - Social Justice and Bioethics (3 cr)
Wednesdays, 12:30 - 3 pm, Debra DeBruin, PhD
BTHX 5520 open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

This course explores matters of social justice related to health. 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.This course is appropriate for a wide audience including students from the health professions, philosophy, social science, and law.

BTHX 5900 – Independent Study in Bioethics (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.

BTHX 8000, Sec 001 – Advanced Topics in Bioethics (3 cr)
Emerging Sciences and Technologies: Law Ethics & Policy
Tuesdays, 4:05-7 pm, Leili Fatehi, JD
Open to Grad, Professional Students

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.  
Meets with PA 5731/Law 6037


Spring 2016 BTHX Courses
January 19 – May 6

BTHX 5000 sec 001 Topics:  Standards for Research with Human Participants (1 cr)
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, Moos 2-530,  Steven Miles, MD

  • This series of lectures will be offered as a complete 15 hour 1 credit course
  • Individual lectures will be offered by preregistration for CME, CNE credits for each one hour lecture

By the end of this course, participants will understand how to apply major standards and ethics for the use of human subjects in research. The complete course may be taken for grades or pass fail.

BTHX 5000 sec 002 Topics:  Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine: Ethical, Legal, and Social Analysis (3 cr)
Tuesdays, 1:30-4 pm, Boynton 539, Leigh Turner, PhD

This course will address ethical, social, and regulatory issues related to stem cell research, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. It will review U.S. regulatory pathways for bringing biological drugs to the market and explore international variations in regulating regenerative medicine. In addition, it will examine ethical dimensions of conducting pre-clinical and clinical research. The course will explore popular attitudes toward stem cells and news media coverage of stem cell research. Finally, the course will pay particular attention to domestic and global marketing of unproven stem cell interventions and efforts to regulators and professional societies to alert patients to stem cell interventions for which safety and efficacy data is lacking.

BTHX 5000 sec 003 Topics/BTHX 8610: Medical Consumerism (3 cr)
Thursdays, 9:30-noon, Boynton 539, 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? Meets with BTHX 8610

BTHX 5000 sec 004 Topics: Music, Disability, and Society (3 cr)
Tuesdays, 6-9 pm,  Ferguson 123, Alex Lubet, PhD

This course studies the intersection of music/disability in culture from the perspective of interdisciplinary disability studies. It covers musician’s injuries, “adaptive music” accommodations, participation in music/music education as human/civil right. This course is appropriate for a wide audience including students from the health professions, philosophy, social sciences, and law. 
Meets with MUS 5701

BTHX 5110/8110: Ethical Issues in Pediatrics (2 cr)
Tuesdays, 4:30–6:10 pm, Boynton 539, Don 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.  
Meets with BTHX 8110

BTHX 5610: Research & Publication (1 cr)
Thursdays, 2-2:50 pm, 539 Boynton, 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. Ideal for graduate and professional students.

BTHX 5900 / 8900: Independent Study in Bioethics (1-4 cr)
Arranged with 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.
Meets with 8900

BTHX 8000, Sec 002 Advanced Topics: Genetics and Assisted Reproduction: Law & Ethics (3 cr)
Mondays, 3:35-5:30 pm, MCB 2122, 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.
Meets with GCD 8920 (2 cr)

BTHX 8100: Advanced Theory and Practice of Clinical Ethics (2 cr) (prereq: BTHX 5100 or instructor consent)
Mondays, 4:30-5:50 pm, Boynton 539, Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN

This graduate seminar examines the principles and practices of health care ethics consultation with focus on the Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation endorsed by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Topics include the nature and goals of health care ethics consultation, methods and processes of health care ethics consultation, evolving standards of clinical practice, core skills and core knowledge for ethics consultation, consultation evaluation, accountability, and institutional relationships, and special obligations of ethics consultants and institutions. The course serves graduate students in bioethics, ethics committee members (including community/lay members) and ethics consultants, clinical staff and faculty, law students, student clinicians, and students of the social and behavioral sciences and other disciplines.

BTHX 8114: Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetic Counseling (3 cr)
Mondays, 1:30-4 pm, Moos 4-128, 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.
Meets with GCD 8914