HLT5600EN - Advanced Health Care Ethics

Course description

In the face of complex medical decisions, healthcare ethics asks the question, “What is the right thing to do?” As medical technology advances, ethical questions are growing more challenging and troubling. In this course, students will gain a basic understanding of the biblical and historical principles and theories that guide ethical decision making and apply them to the contemporary issues of healthcare. Issues such as the right to die, who receives medical resources when they are limited, how far should medical technology go, care for vulnerable populations, equity of healthcare distribution, the burdensome cost of healthcare, and other contemporary issues will guide class discussion and practical application of ethical theory.

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.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
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Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Healthcare theories abound, but not all have a biblical basis. This course could help develop biblically-educated healthcare providers and caregivers in the world of complex medical environment.

Missionally driven

If healthcare workers desire to live out their missional calling in the healthcare field, they will desire to guide and shape their colleagues and institutions to act more ethically.

Contextually informed

The healthcare field is a unique ministry context, and a course on healthcare ethics would help caregivers apply broader biblical principles to specific healthcare issues.

Interculturally focused

A large part of healthcare ethics tends to the issues of culture and equity. Healthcare values can change among differing cultures. Ethics takes this into account.

Practically minded

Ethics asks, what is the right thing to do? It is very practical.

Experientially transformed

Ethics cannot be applied without a case or situation. Learners would bring their cases to the table for discussion and learning and return to their practice with the benefit of that learning.