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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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