Saint Joseph's University

HAD 600 Ethics of Health Care

Develop the ethical skills required for leadership in a clinical arena

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Ethics of Health Care (HAD 600) provides an introduction and overview of ethics in health administration and how to apply ethical principles to current health care issues. A critical examination of the central ethical issues in the health care field and how they relate to organizational dynamics as well as clinical concerns is explored.

Ethics of Health Care Coursework

The coursework of HAD 600 reviews administrative, organizational, and societal ethical concerns. It also focuses on the critical health care ethical issues of this century. Through text analysis, research, and experience, you’ll discuss issues like life-prolonging medical technologies, screening for genetic defects, experimentation, and informed consent, distribution of scarce medical resources, the right to health care, and its implications for the health care delivery system.

Up for Discussion

Learn from your instructor and peers via interactive discussion forums that can include a number of intriguing and current health topics like the example below.

What health care ethics issues have caused the most debate and cost the most money?

What You’ll Learn in Ethics of Health Care

At the beginning of HAD 600 Ethics of Health Care, you’ll look back to the seventeenth century when Catholic ethicists regularly wrote major treatises on issues in biomedical ethics. Once you’re back to the present, you’ll discover that recently, several Protestant and other authors have made significant contributions to the burgeoning literature of biomedical ethics. With the necessary background in moral philosophy acquired, the most current and relevant health care ethics issues are explored.

In addition to the philosophical topics, this course concentrates on several concrete issues like stem cell research, reproductive technologies, abortion, cloning, competency, treatment decisions for handicapped newborns, active and passive euthanasia, HIV/AIDS, human experimentation, and end of life choices.

Throughout the Ethics of Health Care course, you’ll study the four levels of investigation. The first level concerns the distinctively theological/philosophical where the various views of God, divine providence, and human responsibility impact the concrete issues in biomedical ethics. The second level concerns the normative ethical theories that have been used by theologians and philosophers to determine the rightness and wrongness of actions. Third, philosophical principles, e.g., autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence, are studied as they apply to these topics. The final level is concerned with arguments that are adduced by theologians and philosophers to support their positions.

As the Ethics of Health Care coursework concludes, your tiered investigations enable you to achieve the main goal of the course. The principle objective of the course is to help you develop the ethical skills not only in leadership, but also in the clinical arena, that will enable you to both perform independent research in the area of fundamental Christian Bioethics and to articulate your own informed positions.

Course Topics

Over the eight-week duration of the course, you’ll be introduced to new topics and weekly themes. Sample weekly topics may include:

  • Foundations for Ethics
  • External Influences on Ethics
  • Organizational Influences on Ethics
  • The Inner Circle of Ethics
  • Critical Issues of the 21st Century
  • Ethics of Reproduction
  • Competency, Self-Determination, and Caring for the Elderly
  • Critical Issues for Health Care Organizations
  • Critical Issues for Society’s Health

Course Learning Objectives

All Ethics of Health Care coursework provides a critical examination of the central ethical issues in the health care field. Upon completion of the course, you will have the skills and confidence to:

  • Apply a base in ethical theory and principles to health care situations.
  • Apply ethical principles to the need for accountability in health care.
  • Analyze the relationship between market forces and health care.
  • Demonstrate the connection between social responsibility and health care ethics.
  • Analyze the relationship between technology and health care ethics.
  • Examine organizational influences on ethics including fiscal responsibility, culture, and corporate compliance.
  • Apply ethical principles to selected patient care issues.
  • Examine issues and practices in the inner circle of ethics including moral integrity and professional codes of ethics.
  • Create an ethics statement, which is supported by materials from the text, research, and personal experience.

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