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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6871
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-01-03
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-11-12
  2. Department: Graduate Affairs
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 610601-000000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 9749702
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6871
  10. Full Title: Health Sciences Ethics
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Health Sciences ethics
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: 1 yr Biology; 1 yr Chemistry
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The course examines fundamental ethical issues, such as informed consent, that are important components of the practice of the biomedical sciences and represent important considerations that must be addressed in both the “basic” and “clinical” sciences.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is one of the eleven courses that comprise the College of Medicine's new Master's concentration in Health Sciences which will be a fully on-line graduate program directed at students who are interested in careers in the health or allied health
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Health-related careers continue to have a very strong demand by students and this course will fill a critical gap in our educational program, both by providing the first case-based course in health sciences ethics together with extending access to to students who cannot attend the conventional lecture courses. The course could also serve graduate students in our Medical Sciences Ph.D. and other Master's programs, COM medical students in our scholarly concentration in research together with students in other schools and colleges who have an interest in medical ethics, such as Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Arts and Sciences.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The minimum qualifications to teach this course are a Ph.D. degree in the medical sciences or a related discipline and several years teaching experience at the graduate level. The current instructors have over 20 years of experience teaching this material at the graduate level.
  29. Objectives: The course develops a broad understanding of current issues in health sciences ethics that are critical to both research and patient care. It features a case-based approach that focuses on topics that include the oversight and design of biomedical science projects, informed consent, subject selection for clinical studies, conflicts of interest, the social effects of bioscience research, studies using embryos, fetuses and children, genetic research, the use of animals in biomedical research and questions on authorship and publication of the results from various biomedical research studies.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the several points of analysis that should be addressed when evaluating the various types of biomedical studies and will be able to address the potential social impact of the research; identify the dominant motives for most types of research study and discuss the value and justification for the proposed activities; describe the major facets of the research process, such as the potential risks, access to the resulting information and whether the research is justified in terms of the involvement of animals, children and adults or other selected groups of individuals and explain the social impact of research in terms of reinforcing inequity, prejudice or discrimination, the potential influence on the legal system and how will the benefits of the research be distributed?
  31. Major Topics: This course emphasizes the major ethical issues associated with the biomedical sciences and health care delivery including the oversight and study design of biomedical research projects, the nature of informed consent, the process of identifying and selecting research study subjects, examples of conflicts of interest, the social effects of research, the issues if care and protection of embryos, fetuses and children in research, genetic research, the ethical use of animals and issues connected with authorship and the publication of the results of various biomedical research projects.
  32. Textbooks: The course requires the textbook:

    “Case Studies in Biomedical Research Ethics” (Murphy, T.F.) MIT Press, 2004

    ISBN-13: 978-0-262-13437-3

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