Health Care, Ethics, and Justice

THINK
56
Instructors
Magnus, D. (PI)
Section Number
1
Is there a right to a basic level of health care? Are there limits to how much should be spent on health care? How should resources, like human organs, be allocated?nWhat obligations does the U.S. have regarding health care in resource-poor environments, such as underdeveloped nations?nWe live in a world of constrained resources. Nowhere are these constraints more controversial and significant than in health care where lives literally hang in the balance of the decisions we make. This course will provide students with the tools to address these questions through the theoretical framework of justice and ethics. We will address the question of allocation at the level of health policy and health economics before applying the concepts to the institutional and bedside level. Using real world examples, you will be asked to actively engage in debating controversial topics such as organ transplants and how to assign scarce ICU beds. Using both empirical data and the framework of ethics, you will be asked to consider how a health care committee, or a hospital, or an individual doctor might make decisions.
Grading
Letter (ABCD/NP)
Requirements
College, THINK, WAY-ER
Units
4
Undergraduate
Course Tags
Contemporary Issues
Academic Year
Quarter
Winter
Section Days
Monday Wednesday
Start Time
11:00 AM
End Time
12:00 PM
Location
Campbell Recital Hall