Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics


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Professor: Kelly Perez

General Statement:  

Introduces students to a critical examination of philosophical principles related to Medical Ethics. Specifically, students will be introduced to examination and application of major ethical theories to specific moral questions related to health care. 

Upon completion of this course, the student can:

  • Identify ethical theories such as deontology, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics.

  • Identify philosophical problems in ethical reasoning related to medical ethics.

  • Explain basic philosophical concepts in medical ethics.

  • Apply ethical theories to medical issues, such as informed consent, abortion, euthanasia, care of the dying, paternalism, confidentiality, truth telling, professional/patient relationship, medical experimentation (consent, coercion), professional/patient rights, rights to health care, and allocation of medical resources.

  • Explain and defend philosophical positions in relation to medical ethics in written form.

 You can expect to:

  • Be more well-rounded;
  • Be made more thoughtful
  • Be a better person, braver, fairer, more just and more civil to your fellows.


  • Vaughn, Lewis. (2017). Bioethics: Principles, issues, and cases (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. (ISBN-10: 0190903260 or ISBN-13: 978-0190903268)

  • Alasdair MacIntyre. (1999). Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need Virtues. Open Court (ISBN-10: 0812693973 or ISBN-13: 978-0812693973)


Students must complete all graded components for this class include (1) Orientation Quiz, (8) Weekly Discussion Board Assignments, (2) Reflection Journals, and (5) Vocabulary and Concept Quizzes.