Department of Philosophy

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 752
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Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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Bioethics Minor

What is the bioethics minor?
This program teaches students moral principles and ethical issues that are relevant to clinical medicine and population health.

What can you do with a bioethics minor? 

  • Develop an ethically-informed professional identity for your future career in medicine, nursing, public health, social work, psychology or other human service fields
  • Have an advantage in graduate program admissions and professional licensing exams, including medical school Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and the USMLE (Step exams), both of which include ethics components
  • Evaluate pressing ethical issues, including the right to health care, genetic screening and gene-editing, unilateral withdraw of life-sustaining interventions, and the allocation of scarce medical resources
  • Identify how intersecting identities — race, class, gender, sexuality and disability — structure systems of power in clinical medicine and public health
  • Integrate social justice thinking into your perspectives about population health

What’s required?

Core courses (12 credits)

  • Intro to Ethics (PHL 1300) or Intro to Ethics in Health Professions (1320)
  • Clinical Ethics (PHL 3500)
  • Public Health Ethics (PHL 3520)

Electives (8 credits)

For more information, contact a Bioethics faculty member at bioethics@oakland.edu. When you are ready to declare the Bioethics Minor, please reach out to your academic advisor.

Requirements for the liberal arts minor in bioethics:
The liberal arts minor in bioethics requires 20 credits. This includes 12 credits of required core courses and 8 credits of elective courses. Credit toward the minor will be allowed only for courses completed with a grade of C or higher.

Core courses - 12 credits

  • PHL 1320 – Introduction to Ethics in Health Professions (4) or PHL 1300 – Introduction to Ethics (4)

and

  • PHL 3500 – Bioethics (to become Clinical Ethics) (4)
  • PHL 3510 – Public Health Ethics (4)

Electives - 8 credits, selected from:

  • AN 3220 - Medical Anthropology (4)
  • BIO 3000 - Biology and Society (4)
  • BIO 4930 - Introduction to Human Subjects Research I (4)
  • BIO 4970 - Scientific Inquiry and Communication (4)
  • CHM 3000 - Chemistry, Society Health (4)
  • COM 4402 - Health Communication (4)
  • CNS 3030 - Mental Health Policy (4)
  • CRJ 3300 / SOC 3230 - Alcohol, Drugs and Society (4)
  • ENV 3550 - Public and Environmental Health (4)
  • HS 3430 / SOC 3430 - Sociology of Health and Medicine (4)
  • HS 4350 / WHP 4350 - Environmental Justice (4)
  • HS 4500 - Ethics in Health Care (4)
  • NRS 3051 - Global Health (4)
  • NRS 3531 - Health Promotion in the Community (4)
  • NRS 4012 - Nursing Leadership (2)
  • NRS 4015 - Nursing Care of Communities & Families (5)
  • NRS 4026 – Capstone (5)
  • NRS 4551 - Nursing Care of Populations with Health Disparities (4)
  • NTR 4500 - Professional Practice & Ethics in Nutrition (4)
  • PHL 2100 - Fact, Value, and Knowledge (4)
  • PHL 3120 - Philosophy of Law (4)
  • PHL 3140 - Philosophy of Sexuality (4)
  • PHL 3300 - Ethical Theory (4)
  • PHL 3310 - Ethics, Language and Reality (4)
  • PHL 3600 - Political Philosophy (4)
  • PHL 3620 - Global Justice (4)
  • PHL 3630 - Philosophy of Crime, Policing and Punishment (4)
  • PHL 3710 - Philosophy of Biology (4)
  • PHL 3910 – Ethics Bowl (4)
  • PS 3340 - Public Policy and Health Care (4)
  • PH 4650 - Social Determinants of Health (4)
  • PH 4750 - Global Health and Social Issues (4)
  • SOC 2220 - Sociology of Mental Illness (4)
  • SOC 3110 - Human Sexuality (4)
  • SW 3312 - Death and Dying (4)
  • WHP 4850 - Population Health, Health Policy, and Healthcare Delivery (4)
  • WHP 3250 / WGS 3890 - Issues in Women’s Health (4)