2018 BTHX Courses

Spring 2018 BTHX Courses
January 16 - May 12

BTHX 5000-001/8000-001 Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine (3 cr)
Tuesdays, 1:30–4 pm, Leigh Turner, PhD

This course will address ethical, social, and regulatory issues related to stem cell research, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine; review U.S. regulatory pathways for bringing biological drugs to the market and explore international variations in regulating regenerative medicine, and examine ethical dimensions of conducting pre-clinical and clinical research; explore popular attitudes toward stem cells and news media coverage of stem cell research; and 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 5000-003 Topics - Music, Disability, and Society (3 cr)
Mondays, 6-8:30 pm, 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 5400 Introduction to Bioethics in Health Policy (3 cr)
Tuesdays, 5:30-8 pm, Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA

This course provides an introduction to ethical issues in health policy. There is a rich and controversial history of policy making in the US for the governance and oversight of the broader healthcare enterprise in our society, including: basic science research; clinical medicine, and; public health practice and research. This course will examine some of that history, and the ethics, law, and policies that have been developed and applied. (Specifically, this class will review significant ethics issues in the history of health policy by reviewing reports from of the (formerly) Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.) The goal is to develop an understanding of the role of bioethics and health policy in our society, which can help inform better policy decisions regarding new and evolving areas of controversial clinical practice, public health practice, and biomedical research.

BTHX 5630  Bioethics Colloquium (1 cr)  Bioethics MA students only
Susan Craddock, PhD

Students will attend a minimum of 8 presentations of their choice from a variety of departments and programs across campus or beyond that deal in some way with ethics as a theoretical and/or applied concept including but not limited to the fields of social science, law, public policy, and global health. This colloquium is designed to foster thinking about how these disparate frameworks and practices can be usefully put into conversation with bioethics and with the student's own research. Students submit reflections on 8 colloquia presentations to the Director of Graduate Studies. Up to two of the presentations can be based on colloquia offered outside of the University of Minnesota community, including but not limited to remote colloquia offerings. Specific details regarding schedule and assignments will be worked out directly with the instructor. This is a master's core curriculum option, open to Bioethics Graduate Students only.

BTHX 8000-004 Genetics: Law and Ethics (3 cr)
Wednesdays, 3:35-5:30 pm, Brian VanNess, PhD; June Carbone, 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.
Meets with LAW 6824/GCD 8920

BTHX 8000-006 Adv Topics - Science Technology & Environmental Justice: Food Health and Security (3 cr)
Wednesdays, 11:15-1:45 pm, Susan Craddock, PhD

Food today has taken a central role in many pressing contemporary ethical, political, and environmental issues. Where was it grown, and by whom? What kind of labor was used and abused in harvesting? Who was sickened in the process? Who has access to it and who doesn’t? In this class, we will use political ecology, environmental nutrition, One Health, and other approaches to explore the complex, entangled relations underpinning food production, distribution, and consumption in late 21st century global capitalism.

Meets with GWSS 8220-001

BTHX 8114 Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetic Counseling (3 cr)
Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm, 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

Courses of Individual Study

BTHX 5900/8900 Independent / Advanced 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.

BTHX 8500 Practicum in Bioethics (1-3 cr)
Arranged with 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 8755 – Plan B Capstone (1-7 cr)

Students in Plan B are required to complete 7 capstone project credits as determined between student and advisor, culminating in a capstone project relevant to their interests, experience, and intended use of the MA in Bioethics. Students will design the project and its corollary product in conjunction with the full MA committee. Written report required. Prequisite: Advanced Plan B MA student.