Minor in Bioethics
The bioethics minor is a multidisciplinary liberal arts minor that provides you with the tools to draw connections between the health sciences and other areas of study, including human development, philosophy, theology, communications, sociology and religious studies.
What is Bioethics?
Bioethics is a field of study in which ethical questions arising in medicine and health care are investigated. Bioethicists study the legal, social and philosophical issues that are generated by practices in the biological sciences, medicine, nursing and health care. Examples of bioethical issues include human subject research, end-of-life care, stem cell research and cloning in humans. There is an increasing demand for students to pursue bioethics careers as medical technology and innovation advances.
What You’ll Learn
You will develop a strong grounding in ethical theory and will be able to apply this knowledge to current moral controversies arising in medicine and health care. You will analyze health care practices from multiple perspectives, and be able to assess them using a variety of methods. You will learn to work successfully in contexts where conflict may arise concerning value judgments, cultural understandings and religious beliefs. You’ll analyze bioethics case studies, current bioethical issues and learn more about bioethics jobs.
This minor is intended for students interested in nursing, health sciences, biology, ethics, health care management, health policy or pastoral care. It is also a valuable credential for students applying to medical school or graduate school in the health professions since it provides a broad and critical understanding of health care practices both domestically and globally.