Minor in Healthcare Ethics

This Minor focuses on moral values and ethical dilemmas in regard to health, disease and healthcare. It studies these values and ethical queries integrating a diversity of approaches with an attention to global concerns. Students taking the Minor analyze and reflect on fundamental human conditions such as health, well-being, and human flourishing but also illness, disability, and suffering. The emphasis on values such as respect for human life, human dignity, human rights, and social justice will guide the development of students, encourage them to serve others and contribute to their professions, and reinforce values that give meaning to life and work. The Minor is of particular interest to students who are planning to work with patients and health professionals, and who pursue a career in healthcare, nursing and health sciences.

Advantages of minoring in Healthcare Ethics

  • In programs across the University, students already have to follow Bridges Courses or other Ethics courses. These courses can be included in (and even grandfathered into) the Minor program.
  • All required courses satisfy requirements in the Bridges curriculum.
  • Every core course of the minor will be offered at least once every year to ensure that students who sign on in their sophomore or junior years will be able to complete the course in time for graduation. Students will be able to complete the minor within


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Minor Requirements

  • BRDG 105 Introduction to Ethical Reasoning or HCE 255 Healthcare Ethics
  • HCE 410 Who Decides when I am Ill?
  • HCE 320 Medical Research: Guinea Pig or Duty to Participate or HCE 330 Global Bioethics 
  • HCE/AFST 240 African Perspectives to Bioethics
  • HIST 222 Flatlined: History and Politics of U.S. Healthcare
  • HCE 201W Religious Bioethics
  • HCE 320 Medical Research; Guinea Pig or Duty to Participate
  • HCE 330 Global Bioethics
  • HCE 255 Healthcare Ethics
  • GLBH 185 Introduction to Global Health
  • GLBH 200 Disparities in Healthcare
  • GLBH/COMM 399 Global and Cultural Issues in Health Communication
  • COMM 203W Communication & Professional Civility
  • ENGL 251W Nursing and Narrative
  • ENGL 316W Health Care and Literature
  • PHIL 220 Philosophy of Death and Living
  • PHIL 252 Health Care Ethics: Philosophy
  • PHBA 340W Pharmacy Law and Ethics
  • SOCI 207 Sociology of Health & Illness
  • THEO 253 Health Care Ethics: Theology