Interdisciplinary Health Care Ethics Undergraduate Minor


The Interdisciplinary Healthcare Ethics Minor is open to all majors in the university. Students have the option to pursue either the Basic Track or the Global Track. Both tracks are designed to expose students to the complex and growing field of biomedical ethics. The Minor program seeks to encourage learning and thinking from an interdisciplinary perspective and to foster a critical analysis of bioethical topics through the interplay between moral theory and medical practice. More and more people are beginning to realize the inherent importance of ethics in the clinical setting. Health care professionals are confronted with numerous complex ethical dilemmas that they may not be well prepared to handle. Therefore, it is imperative that they or those preparing to work in the field of health care be trained to understand the principles of ethics and how they can be utilized to assist us in decision-making.

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Health Care Ethics offers several learning goals and objectives for its students:

  • Develop a basic understanding of moral philosophy and theology.
  • Understand the basic ethical principles – beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy and justice.
  • Learn how to apply risk vs. benefit analysis to concrete ethical situations.
  • Develop basic proficiency in the analysis of case studies in bioethics.
  • Understand the distinction and interrelationship between ethics and law.
  • Appreciate how advances in technology pose complex ethical questions for society.
  • Identify a wide range of ethical challenges facing the medical, pharmaceutical and insurance industries.
  • Understand the importance of bioethics for those who aspire to be health professionals.
  • Voluntarily participate in events sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Bioethics, such as lectures, panels.
  • Service experiences, etc.
  • Integrate ethical principles in the analysis of a topic in bioethics.
There are two different tracks on the health care ethics minor, and the Global Track of the Health Care Ethics Minor is more rigorous. It requires the student to either take the course in Just Health Care in Developing Nations (THE 368) that requires a study abroad for 2 weeks, or design a research project as part of an Independent Study that has been approved by a faculty member associated with the Minor program or with the Institute of Catholic Bioethics. The idea is to encourage the student to explore many complex ethical dilemmas on the global scale, especially as they pertain to underdeveloped countries. Among the many issues to be considered are: the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on Sub Sahara Africa, the ethics of human research in the developing world and the moral responsibility of developed countries to the health care needs of developing countries.

Curriculum
Students Can Choose Global Tract or Basic Tract.
First of all, all students seeking the Interdisciplinary Health Care Ethics Minor are required to complete six (6) courses from at least 3 departments; no more than 3 courses from any one department may count for credit toward the minor.

  • The prerequisite course is PHL 154 Moral Foundations
Basic Tract Option:
Of the six (6) Minor courses, students are required to complete:
  • THE 366 Christian Medical Ethics
  • Five (5) elective courses (listed below)
Global Tract Option:
Of the six (6) Minor courses, students are required to complete:
  • THE 366 Christian Medical Ethics
  • Five (5) elective courses (listed below) including either: THE 368 Just Health Care in Developing Nations (Study Abroad for 2 weeks) OR designing a research project as part of an Independent Study course that has been approved by a faculty member associated with the Minor program or with the Institute of Catholic Bioethics.
Elective Courses – Choose any four (5)
1. PMK 190 SL Heath Care Delivery Alternatives
2. ECN 390 Economics of Health Care
3. ENG 450 Hospital Stories: Narratives of Illness, Medicine and Hope
4. IHS 110 Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disease
5. IHS 211 Health Care Systems & Their Responsibilities
6. IHS 253 Nutrition: Health & Disease
7. IHS 251 Health Care Law and Ethics
8. IHS 256 HIV/AIDS: Sexuality, Money, Politics, Research, Public Health and Ethics
9. IHS.295 Medical Terminology and Health Literacy
10. IHS 343 Helping & Healing: Ethics, Community & Personal Transformation
11. IHS 345 Seeking a Better Death: Hospice
12. PHL 250 Philosophy of Death
13. PHL 264 Topics in Moral Psychology
14. SOC 216 (IHS 216) Alcohol, Drugs and Society
15. SOC 217 (IHS 217) Mental Health & Society
16. SOC 323 (IHS 323) Health and Society
17. THE 261 Christian Social Ethics
18. THE 361 Catholic Social Teaching

Contact Information:
For more information, please contact
Aloysius S. Ochasi, D.Be.
Assistant Director of Academics & Consultations
Institute of Catholic Bioethics
aochasi@sju.edu
610.660.3427