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Introduction to Bioethics

Introduction to Bioethics explores some of the most difficult - and fascinating - moral challenges we face in health, medicine, and emerging technologies.

Start Date: Apr 15, 2014 Topics: General Health, Medicine, Philosophy


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Should we clone humans? Who owns our DNA? How much control should we have over how and when we die? When does medical treatment turn into medical enhancement and should we care? Is rationing health care good, bad, necessary or all of the above? This course will explore fundamental moral issues that arise in medicine, health, and biotechnology. Get behind the headlines and polarized debates and join others who want to think deeply and openly about these problems. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, brought on by a dizzying pace of technology that can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world. And nearly all intersect with issues of racial and gender equality, as well as policies affecting the worlds most vulnerable populations. Designed to introduce students to the range of issues that define bioethics, together with core concepts and skills, this course should be of interest to undergraduates, health care professionals, policy makers, and anyone interested in philosophy or ethics. Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.


  • Dates: Apr 15, 2014
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Robert M. Veatch, Karen Stohr, Madison Powers, Margaret Little, Rebecca Kukla, John Keown, Tom Beauchamp
  • Institution: EdX
  • Topics: General Health, Medicine, Philosophy

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