The leadership competency encompasses the ability to create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future, champion solutions to organizational and community challenges and energize commitment to goals. Professionalism encompasses the ability to demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions; consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability; and to commit to personal and institutional development.

MED HIST 505 Justice and Health Care 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 

This course will examine ethical issues in the distribution, financing and delivery of health care in the United States. We will focus in particular on central issues raised by the recent U.S. health care reform debate and resulting legislation. Readings will be drawn from political philosophy, health care economics, behavioral economics, nonprofit think tank white papers, congressional testimony, news articles and blog posts. The first third of the class explores key issues in U.S. health policy and forms the empirical foundation for the rest of the class. The second third explores ongoing debates in moral and political philosophy over putative entitlements to health and health care. The last third investigates the nature, justifiability and methods of health care rationing, including bedside rationing by doctors and the myriad issues implicated by the near-universally shared goal of health care cost containment.

MED HIST 515 Public Health Ethics 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Occasionally 

This course provides a survey of ethical and social issues in medical ethics and history of medicine. Cooperating faculty may be drawn from philosophy, law, medical ethics, history, political science, public health, economics, education and communication, as well as medicine and the biological sciences.

MED HIST 730 Ethical Issues in Medicine 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 

This course will explore central ethical issues in public health and health policy in eight interactive discussion sessions. Course topics will include: alternative approaches to rationing health care (triage and policy levels) and their relative merits; the shape of rights to health and health care; measuring health states to determine the effectiveness of public health interventions (QALYs and DALYs); paternalism and personal responsibility for risky health behaviors; determinants of health, including the effects of income inequality and relative social status ("The Status Syndrome"); the role of genetic predisposition in allocating resources; distinctions between positive rights.

POP HLTH 758 Interprofessional Public Health Leadership 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring, fall 
  • Cross listed with Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Program 

This course provides students with an opportunity to engage in collaboration, problem solving and teamwork in an interdisciplinary framework as they prepare an interprofessional case competition (fall) or as they prepare a collaborative case conference for the health professional students on campus (spring). As students from different healthcare and public health backgrounds interact, learn together and share their experiences, they will become better prepared to lead and collaborate professionally in the future.

LAW 905 Bioethics and the Law 

  • Credits: 2-4 
  • Offered: Fall 

This course provides an introduction to the legal, ethical and public policy dimensions of modern medicine and biomedical research. Topics include informed consent, human experimentation, death and dying, organ transplantation and allocation of scarce resources. The course may also cover reproductive and genetic issues in some years.