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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healthcare Ethics and Policy Minor

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Location: Landrum Academic Center 217C

Telephone: 859-572-5259 Fax: 859-572-6086

Email Address: frimpongma1@nku.edu Web Address: https://inside.nku.edu/artsci/departments/sapdept/philosophy/undergraduate-programs/healthcare-ethics-and-policy-minor.html

Program Director: Augustine Frimpong-Mansoh, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy

Ethical issues have become increasingly prevalent in health care and health policy. The interdisciplinary minor in Healthcare Ethics and Policy provides students with breadth and depth competence in the ethical dimensions of health care and health policy. The program particularly aims at preparing students with deep understanding of the ethical issues that arise in the contexts of health care, public health, health policy, biomedicine, biotechnology, and scientific research in multicultural society. The program encourages the study of ethical values and application of ethical principles in all aspects of the health care industry. The program is open to students in all majors; the target audience includes students in nursing, allied health, philosophy, psychology, sociology, journalism, English, communication studies, organizational leadership, political science, anthropology and social work. The program would be particularly beneficial to students seeking career paths in clinical ethics, ethics consultation, bioethics, philosophy, religion, nursing, social work, human services, psychology, journalism, sociology, anthropology, biomedical research, public health, public policy, health insurance, human resources, and many other professions in the health care industry.

Program Objectives and Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this interdisciplinary program will acquire skills and competencies in:

  • moral reasoning and ethical theory.
  • medical and bioethical issues and concepts.
  • professional codes and guidelines.
  • relevant health law/policy.
  • the health care system.
  • organizational/institutional policies.
  • the multicultural nature of health care institutions and their clients.


Requirements (21 credits)

The minor in the Healthcare Ethics and Policy consists of a minimum of 21 semester hours, including a 3 semester hour core course in health care ethics and 18 semester hours of elective courses. Philosophy majors choosing this minor must take at least 12 hours outside their discipline.

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