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Spring 2017-2018
* CHV 333 / PHI 344 (EM)   na, npdf

Bioethics: Clinical and Population-Level

Johann D. Frick
Daniel M. Putnam


This seminar aims to introduce students to a range of philosophical debates in clinical and population-level bioethics. Among the topics in clinical bioethics that we may discuss are physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia; abortion; and the ethics of genetic enhancement. In population-level bioethics, questions we may discuss include the definition and measurement of health; cost-effectiveness and disability-discrimination; the significance of health inequalities; personal and social responsibility for health; treatment vs prevention in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and standards of care in clinical trials in the US and abroad.

Sample reading list:
Ronald Dworkin, Assisted Suicide: The Philosophers' Brief
Frances Kamm, Aggregation, Allocating Scarce Resources, and the Disabled
Daniel Hausman, What's Wrong with Health Inequalities?
Kristin Voigt, Smoking and Social Justice
Dan Brock and Daniel Wikler, Ethical challenges in long-term funding for HIV/AIDS

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 50-80 pages per week. Two short response papers (4-5 double-spaced pages) during the semester and a final paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
By application only. Please send a short (1-2 paragraph) e-mail to Provide a brief explanation of your interest in the course; any relevant courses or other experience in moral or political philosophy, and/or health policy; your concentration and any certificates (official or intended); and class year. Students in the Values and Public Life program will be given priority. Applications are due by 5PM-Dec. 3, 2017. Decisions will be announced Dec.5.

Reserved Seats:
VPL Certificate Students Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42492 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Marx Hall   301   Enrolled:15 Limit:20