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HAD 525 Health Care Ethics

Understand what is and isn’t ethical in the health care field.

8 weeks

The difference between right and wrong isn’t always clear, nor is the line between legal and illegal. The ethics of health care reveal gray areas that dwell between the needs of patients, physicians, organizations, families and the legal system. In HAD 525 Health Care Ethics, you’ll explore ethical issues and examine ways to confront them.

Course Overview

Health care administrators must study ethics from managerial, ethical and bioethical perspectives. In HAD 525, you’ll explore the major ethical theories as developed by prominent authors in the field and see how these theories apply in an organizational context. Using case studies, you’ll try to understand the ethical implications of management decisions. You’ll become familiar with professional codes of ethics developed by the health care profession to help professionals analyze situations with which they are confronted.

Sample Assignment

You’ll complete and present three reaction-critiques from professional articles appearing in appropriate journals. Your critiques will include a stated point of view and an issue analysis.

Advances in medicine and health care law have resulted in the need for bioethics in the care and treatment of patients. You’ll develop an appreciation for significant issues in bioethics including autonomy, truth telling and confidentiality. In the case of organ transplants, compatible organs may be limited and providers must choose who will receive the organs. Lack of financial resources may raise issues of rights to treatment. As you consider the impact of scarcity on patient prioritization, you’ll look at the pragmatic criteria used to make these decisions, leading you to understand the nature and sources of patient rights.

In HAD 525, you’ll evaluate both sides of the ethical arguments for today’s most controversial health care topics and examine how a health care organization navigates the heated political and cultural environment surrounding these issues.

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Introduction, Ethical Theories and Moral Principles
  • Managerial and Organizational Ethics
  • Professionalism
  • Patient Autonomy, Truth Telling and Confidentiality
  • Scarce Medical Resources
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

What You’ll Learn

In HAD 525, you’ll consider how ethical issues affect health care organizations.

  • Understand some of the most important contemporary debates that characterize the field of health care ethics, both management ethics and bioethics.
  • Comprehend the nature of health care ethics as a rational, principled endeavor, and become more practiced in the process of ethical analysis.
  • Apply the fundamental principles and theories of managerial ethics and bioethics.
  • Appreciate the role of critical thinking in resolving ethical conflicts.

Learn More

In HAD 525, you’ll understand the importance of health care ethics in guiding decisions about patient treatment and care. For more information about this course or other courses in The University of Scranton’s online Master of Health Administration and Master of Accountancy degrees, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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