Description: This course explores contemporary Catholic health care ethics. The course begins by examining the sources, methods, and influential documents of the Catholic medical ethical tradition. The syllabus traces the development of the tradition from the 16th to the 21st century. Prominent secular approaches in the field are studied as well. The course then takes up: 1) clinical, case based medical ethics; and, 2) ethics at the institutional level. Applied topics include: abortion; access to health care and the distribution of medical resources; end of life ethics; mergers among Catholic and non-Catholic health institutions; and international recruiting of health care workers.
Science areas: Medicine and health