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BA in Bioethics

This major requires 13 courses. Prerequisites do not add any additional courses. It is a Bachelor of Arts major that satisfies the Humanities requirement of the Rochester Curriculum.

Key goals for this major:

Provide students with the tools to think about the major ethical and related legal questions that arise in medicine and public health;

Understand the frameworks in which individual moral decisions should be made;

Understand the frameworks in which social and political moral decisions should be made;

Understand the most important controversies in bioethics;

Develop the tools to analyze moral arguments in bioethics; and

Develop the tools to construct arguments that contribute to some of these debates.

Requirements of the Major:

(prerequisites in parentheses)

A. Foundational Courses:
None  
B. Common Core (5 courses):
PH 101Introduction to Public Health I(none)
PH 102Introduction to Public Health II(PH 101)
PH 103Concepts of Epidemiology(none)
STT 212 or STT 211Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or Appl. Stat. for Social Sciences(none)
PHL 228 or
PHL 225
Public Health Ethics (228) or Ethical Decisions in Medicine (225)(1 in PHL; or permission of instructor)
C. Specific Core Requirements:
Required Core (5 courses)
PHL 102 or
PHL 103
General Ethics (PHL 102) or Contemporary Moral Problems (PHL 103)*
*may select only one course listed above to be used as a core course
(none)
PHL 223/223WSocial and Political Philosophy(PHL 102)
PH/PSC 236Health Care and Law(none)
PH 300W (H)Seminar for Bioethics Majors(1 in PHL)
*PHL 228/228W or PHL 225/225WPublic Health Ethics or Ethical Decisions in Medicine(1 in PHL; or permission of instructor)
*ONE COUNTS FOR THE COMMON CORE GROUP ABOVE, THE OTHER FOR THE SPECIFIC CORE IN THE MAJOR
D. Electives (3 courses - 2 must come from Group I; 1 must come from Group II):
I. Philosophy and Ethics
PHL 102General Ethics*
*the same course may not be used as both a required core course and an elective course
(none)
PHL 103Contemporary Moral Problems*
*the same course may not be used as both a required core course and an elective course
(none)
PHL 220/220WRecent Ethical Theory(1 in ethics)
PHL 226/226WPhilosophy of Law(1 in PHL)
PHL 230/230WEnvironmental Justice(1 in PHL)
MHB 210Bioethics at the Bedside
*open to juniors and seniors
(none)
II. History, Sociology, and Anthropology
ANT 216Medical Anthropology(1 in ANT)
HIS 202/202WMedicine, History and Social Reform *prior to fall 2013 HIS 208(none)
HIS 203/203WChanging Concepts of Health and Illness *prior to fall 2013 HIS 209(none)
HIS 204/204WHistory of International and Global Health *prior to fall 2013 HIS 287(none)
PH 116Introduction to the U.S. Health System

(none)

PH 215

Public Health Anthropology

(ANT 101 or PH 101)

PH 265

Global Anthropology

(ANT 101 or PH 101)

PH 397W

Community Engagement Internship*
*open to juniors, seniors, Take 5 & KEY PH majors

(PH 101, PH 102, PH 103)

E. Upper-Level Writing Requirement:
Students will be required to register for two upper-level writing courses within this major, one of which is PH 300W Seminar for Bioethics Majors.

For Double Majors: Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Public Health-related programs, no more than two courses may overlap between a public health major and another major.