Nancy S. Jecker, PHD
Professor, UW School of Medicine
Virtual Office Hours: By apt (email to schedule)
Website: UW Faculty Website
GOALS: (1) Demonstrate basic knowledge of distributive justice theories; (2) Identify connections between theories of justice and health care rights ; (3) Distinguish implicit and explicit forms of health care rationing; (4) Critique the U.S. healthcare system using global comparisons; (5) Understand future challenges facing health care systems; (6) Appreciate cultural assumptions underlying ethical theories and moral judgments.
DESCRIPTION: The course examines the ethical problem of allocating scarce health care resources with an emphasis on fundamental principles of justice. Part I introduces theories of justice and considers the support they lend to health care rights. Part II explores health care rationing, including rationing based on a patient's ability to pay; likelihood, length, or quality of medical benefit; social value; age; random selection; first come, first served; and favored group status. Part III surveys future challenges facing U.S. and global health care systems, including health inequities and emerging infectious diseases.
Undergraduate Student Requirements apply to students who have not completed a bachelor's degree.
Examinations (100 points each, total 200 points): demonstrate mastery of course material using a multiple choice and short essay format
Group Projects (33 or 34 points, total 100 points): working in a small group, debate a contemporary bioethics problem. Groups discuss, debate, prepare & present material to the class
Philosophical Reflections (10 points each, total 100 points): reflect about a philosophical position in response to a prompt posed by the instructor
Graduate Student Requirements apply to students who have completed a bachelor's degree.
Examinations (100 points each, total 200 points)
Group Projects (33 or 34 points, total 100 points)
Philosophical Reflections (10 points each, total 100 points)
Paper (100 points each, total 100 points): prepare a single or co-authored research paper exploring a topic discussed in class in greater depth. Submit a proposal for approval by the instructor before beginning work on the paper. For multi-authored papers, each author must attest to meeting authorship guidelines set out by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Not to exceed 8 pages (2000 words).
Instructor, Assignment Policy: late assignments accepted only for students with documented disabilities
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