HLT3600 Health Care Ethics

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. David Simmons

Course Description:

Complexities in medical care and technology often drive patients and caregivers towards issues of great ethical challenge. In the face of complex and challenging situations, healthcare ethics asks the question, What is the right thing to do? In this course, participants will gain a basic understanding of the fundamental pillars of heathcare ethics while also engaging the historical, biblical, and contemporary ethical theories and frameworks which give shape to healthcare ethics. Through the engagement of relevant reading and lectures as well as robust discussion of ethical cases and current events, students will be able to apply these theories to the practical challenges of todays healthcare system and help guide others to make quality healthcare decisions.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer engaging persons within the healthcare system will inevitably be asked to offer guidance for persons facing complex medical decisions. Those within the medical profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement of issues within healthcare. These are often touched upon in medical and nursing training, and most medical providers are drawn to courses like this after they have gained some experienced in healthcare.

Why This Course Is Important:

Ethics in healthcare is a hot topic. The pillars of ethics and ethical theories flow largely out of religious thought and tradition. Secular institutions in the healthcare setting are continually wrestling with ethical issues, and they are actually wrestling with ideas that have long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in healthcare ethics to be sitting on ethics committees and acting as an influential voice to the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.