Undergraduate

Undergraduate Minor in Bioethics

 

The Minor in Bioethics is designed for students aspiring toward careers in the health sciences and the health professions. The program is the only undergraduate minor available from the School of Medicine, and is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the United States. The curriculum for the Minor in Bioethics addresses ethical issues in health care, health policy, public health and the conduct of health sciences research; introduces ethical theories and methods of ethics analysis; and instills an appreciation of social and cultural issues that frame bioethical concerns. Course formats vary from small seminars that afford opportunities for peer learning to larger lecture-driven courses. The curriculum is taught by faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds who are experts in their respective fields.

 

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Students must have (1) declared a major and (2) completed at least 45 credits before declaring a minor. Changes to your major/minor are posted once per quarter; the minor can be declared and posted any time during the quarter. 

 

Complete the Change of Major/Minor Form

 

 

Completing the minor requires at least two years and it is imperative to plan ahead, as many courses are offered only once a year or in alternate years. It is preferable to allow three years, beginning with 100-300 level courses in the sophomore year. Junior standing is required to enroll in our 400-level courses, even if you are a declared minor. 

 

BH Requirements and Checklist (login with your uw.edu accout to view) 

 

25 credits total with a minimum of a 2.0 grade, including: 

 

  1. 18 credits: BH courses, found in the UW Time Schedule and on the BH website
  2. 7 credits: electives from an approved list of courses; any BH courses cross-listed with another department may count toward BH credits, even if taken under the other department's prefix. 

    Registration: undergraduate BH courses require an add code during registration period one. Please email bhadds@uw.edu to request add codes for autumn, winter, and spring quarter. 

BH 499: Independent Study is not currently offered. 

 

BH undergraduate research is open to juniors and seniors, and you may request to complete an independent study project. BH 499 enables students to investigate areas of intellectual interest that are substantially distinct from existing courses and/or to pursue modes of inquiry that are more intensive, specialized, or innovative than those that are encountered in conventional coursework. 

 

Since faculty are limited on the number of Independent Study credits they can supervise, we strongly encourage you to complete the Minor using the course offerings. However, if you have a particular project or topic of interest in mind, paired with a proposal to study it independently, you may consult with the Education Programs Specialist to help you identify a faculty sponsor to discuss your proposed project plan.

 

To enroll in BH 499, students who have secured a faculty sponsor must complete the following steps:

  • Agree on the project plan details with your faculty sponsor, including reading, research, or a distinct project with a plan for reading, research, and writing (papers, essays) activities as well as periodic meetings to check on your progress.
  • Complete the BH 499 Independent Study form and submit a copy to the Education Programs Specialist, who will register you for BH 499 credits.

 

For a typical research paper, it might be expected that the student will write five typed, double-spaced pages per credit. This is only an example—final requirements must be agreed upon with the faculty sponsor.  To conform to other course standards, the student is expected to participate in three hours of research activities per credit per week.This means that a 3-credit independent research study will involve 9 hours of research each week in addition to scheduled meetings with a faculty sponsor.

Undergrad Courses

This course is an examination of the ethical problem of allocating scarce medical resources. We will emphasize the fundamental principles of...
This course examines the moral grounds for the view that social inequalities in health are unjust using contemporary literature from moral...
This course introduces students to select biotechnology innovations and invites consideration of the ethical and policy implications...
This course examines the history of ideas, policies, and practices associated with eugenics and human genetics from the late nineteenth...
This course examines problems in bioethics from diverse global standpoints, including East Asian, Sub-Saharan African and Western. Our...
This course explores legal, ethical, scientific, and Biblical-Rabbinic & contemporary religious perspectives on contemporary medical and...
This course examines ethical issues confronting healthcare workers caring for poor and minority populations, whose capacity for health and...
This course studies the major normative ethical theories, including both teleological and deontological approaches. We emphasize moral...
This course offers a case-based approach to ethical topics in medicine, such as abortion, genetic testing, physician-assisted death, and...
This course introduces students to bioethical questions that arise in public health, population health, and global health, situating ethical...