Bioethics, Humanities and Medicine (BHM)
Director, Professor of Philosophy Ana S. Iltis
The interdisciplinary minor in Bioethics, Humanities and Medicine is designed to foster students’ understanding of the ethical dimensions of science, health research and health care delivery; to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage and analyze these dimensions; to facilitate students’ integration of their education in the humanities and their understanding of, and approach to, medicine and health care; and to allow students to bring this interdisciplinary knowledge to bear in medical education and practice.
The minor requires 18 hours. No more than 3 credits counting towards a major and no more than 6 credits counting towards another minor can also count towards the Bioethics, Humanities and Medicine minor.
Core Courses for the Bioethics, Humanities and Medicine Minor
HMN 370: Medicine and Humanities (3h): Scholars from the Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses lead a seminar on ideas and questions at the intersection of medical science and the humanities. Topics include medical history; the expression of disease in literature and art; the ethics of genetics research; the interplay of religion and medicine; and the economics of health care.
HST 339. Sickness and Health in American History. (3h) Analysis of major trends in health, sickness, and disease within the broad context of social, political, and economic developments. Examines indigenous healing; colonial medicine; emergence of hospitals and asylums; public health; medical ethics, race, class, and gender issues; and natural versus high-tech approaches to health care in the 20th century. For HST 339 to fulfill the core requirement, students must obtain the permission of the instructor and complete assignments designed to fulfill the goals of the core requirement.
PHI 161 Introduction to Bioethics (3h) or PHI 367: Philosophical Theories in Bioethics (3h)
PHI 161: Introduction to Bioethics (3h): A study of ethical issues that arise in health care and the life sciences such as informed consent, experimentation on human subjects, truth-telling, confidentiality, abortion, and the allocation of scarce medical resources.
PHI 367: Philosophical Theories in Bioethics (3h): A study of the main philosophical approaches to contemporary bioethics. Each approach is examined critically and students explore how each approach informs analysis of contemporary issues in bioethics.
Electives in the Bioethics, Humanities and Medicine Minor
Students must take 6 credit hours of courses from Group A and 6 credit hours of courses from Group B. Courses in Group A must be taken in two different departments. Courses in Group B must be taken in two different departments. For course descriptions, please see the Bulletin of the Undergraduate Schools.
ANT 360 Anthropology of Global Health (3h)
ANT 362 Medical Anthropology (3h)
COM 345 Rhetoric of Science and Technology (3h)
COM 355 Survey of Health Communication (3h)
COM 356 Health Communication: Patient-Provider (3h)
COM 357 Health Communication Campaign (3h)
COM 358 Health Communication and Bioethics (3h)
COM — Special Topics:
Family Communication & Health Across the Lifespan (3h)
Classroom to Community: Enhancing Patient Care with Take the Fight to Cancer (3h)
CNS 334 Ethics in Health and Human Services (3h)
CNS 335 Health and Human Services in Diverse Society (3h)
ECN 240 Economics of Health and Medicine (3h)
HES 360 Epidemiology (3h)
HPA 150 Introduction to Public Health (3h)
SOC 329 Health Inequalities (3h)
SOC 331 The Social and Legal Contexts of Medicine (3h)
SOC 335 Sociology of Health and Illness (3h)
SOC 336 Sociology of Health Care (3h)
SOC 368 Death and Dying (1.5h)
SOC 383 Special Topics Seminar in Medicine and Health Care (3h)
WGS 321/A Gender and the Politics of Health (3h)
WGS 350 Biocultural Perspectives on Women and Aging (3h)
BIO 210 Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Decision-Making in Biology and Medicine
HMN 365 Humanities and Nature (3h)
HST 113 Health, Disease and Healing in World History (3h)
HST 339 Sickness and Health in American History (3h) (if HST 339 is not used to fulfill core requirement)
PHI 161 Introduction to Bioethics (if PHI 367 is used to fulfill core requirement) (3h)
PHI 360 Ethics (3h)
PHI 367 Philosophical Theories in Bioethics (if PHI 161 is used to fulfill core requirement) (3h)
PHI 368 Concepts of Health and Disease (3h)
REL 307 Magic, Science, and Religion (3h)
REL 329 Chinese Medicine (3h)
REL 330 Pope, Jefferson & Imam: A Study In Comparative Ethics (3h)
REL — Islamic Bioethics (Special Topic)
Other courses, including Special Topics courses in a number of departments, may be suitable as electives in the minor. These courses can be counted toward the minor with the approval of the interdisciplinary minor in Bioethics, Humanities and Medicine committee.