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Health Care Ethics Minor

Department of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
320 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2315
Fax: 330 -672-4867
Web: http://www.kent.edu/cas/philosophy
Deborah Barnbaum, Coordinator, 320 Bowman Hall

The health-care ethics program is a concentration of courses offered by disciplines within the university concerned with health-care practices and the education of health-care practitioners. The minor is designed to heighten students’ awareness of what constitutes ethical concerns, problems and activity from the perspectives of various kinds of health-care practitioners, clients and institutions. Various views of what constitutes the ethical are treated in the ethics courses so that the student is alerted both to the conceptual dimension of ethical activity and the existence of differing and conflicting modes of ethical reasoning, with PHIL 40005 Health Care Ethics attempting to sketch appropriate action in the light of these realities.

Students wishing to enter this program need to be certain that required prerequisites of many of the courses within the program are met.

HEALTH CARE ETHICS MINOR REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)   
Course    Title    Credits    
BSCI    30050    Human Genetics    3   
HED    21050    Health Education Theories    3   
PHIL    21001    Introduction to Ethics    3    
40005    Health Care Ethics    3   
SOC    42563     Sociology of Health and Health Care     3    
Choose from the following clusters:
Maximum 6 credit hours may be taken in any one cluster    9   
Cluster I:     
BSCI    20021    Basic Microbiology (3)     
40020    Biology of Aging (3)     
Cluster II:     
SOC    42010    Death and Dying (3)     
Cluster III:     
HED    14020    Introduction to Medical Terminology (3)      
42041    Health Counseling (3)     
Cluster IV:     
PHIL    21003    Ethics in Contemporary Contexts (3)*     
Cluster V:     
HONR    30297    Junior Colloquium**(3)     
ILS    49993    Human Values in Medicine (1-5)***     
TOTAL     24    

*PHIL 21003 is recommended but not required
**Pertinent to health care issues. Restricted to honors students or with special approval of instructor.
***With prior approval of coordinator of the minor in health care ethics.

Minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA required for graduation.

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