BA in Bioethics
This major requires 13 courses. Prerequisites do not add any additional courses. The bioethics major leads to a bachelor of arts degree and 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
- Develop the tools to construct arguments that contribute to some of these debates
Public Health General Core (Five Courses)
PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PH 102: Introduction to Public Health II
PH 103: Concepts of Epidemiology
STT 212: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or STT 211: Appl. Stat. for Social Sciences
PHL 228: Public Health Ethics or PHL 225: Ethical Decisions in Medicine
Specific Core Requirements (Five Courses)
PHL 102: General Ethics or PHL 103: Contemporary Moral Problems
PHL 223/223W: Social and Political Philosophy (PHL 102)
PH/PSC 236: Health Care and Law
PH 300W (H): Seminar for Bioethics Majors
PHL 228/228W: Public Health Ethics or PHL 225/225W: Ethical Decisions in Medicine*
*One can count toward the common core and the other toward the major-specific core
Electives (Three Courses)
I. Philosophy and Ethics
Choose two of the following:
- PHL 102: General Ethics*
- PHL 103: Contemporary Moral Problems*
- PHL 220/220W: Recent Ethical Theory
- PHL 226/226W: Philosophy of Law
- PHL 230/230W: Environmental Justice
- PHL 312: Neuroethics
- PHL 320: Death
- MHB 210: Bioethics at the Bedside
*The same course cannot be used as both a required core course and an elective course
II. History, Sociology, and Anthropology
- ANT 216: Medical Anthropology
- HIS 202/202W: Medicine, History and Social Reform
- HIS 203/203W: Changing Concepts of Health and Illness
- HIS 204/204W: History of International and Global Health
- MHB 240: History of the Body
- PH 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System
- PH 215: Public Health Anthropology
- PH 265: Global Anthropology
- PH 394C: Washington Semester Internship*
- PH 394D: Health Department Internship**
- PH 397W: Community Engagement Internship***
*Permission of the bioethics faculty advisor required.
**Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors; permission of the bioethics faculty advisor required.
***Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors
Students may use up to 2 PH internship courses towards their public health major.
Upper-Level Writing Requirement
Students are required to register for two upper-level writing courses within this major, one of which is PH 300W: Seminar for Bioethics Majors.
Overlapping Major Courses
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.
Students are permitted (with the approval of their public health faculty advisor) to use up to two transfer courses towards their public health program.