BIE 500 - Proseminar in Health and Human Values
Summer (one week in Summer), On-site, Clarkson University Capital Region Campus with Clinical Visit to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NYC)
Baker, Rhodes, Philpott
An intensive 8 day introduction to current topics in clinical ethics and bioethics, taught seminar style at Clarkson University's Capital Region Campus, with a clinical visit to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. This overview of current issues in bioethics humanities involves four special pro-seminars, case conferences and ethics rounds. There will also be training in the computer skills (demonstrations, workshops) essential to mastering distance learning. Must be taken in the first fifteen months of enrollment.
BIE 510 - Biomedical Ethics
An advanced historically-based introduction to bioethics and clinical ethics focusing on such formalizations of medical morality as the Hippocratic Oath, the AMA codes, the Belmont Report and Beauchamp and Childress Principles, and the idea of casuistry. Major cases in bioethics will also be reviewed and the evolution of the core concepts and infrastructure of medical ethics and bioethics will be examined.
BIE 520 - Healthcare Policy
This course provides an understanding of the public policy-making process and the political and regulatory environment in which health care organizations function. It also provides an understanding of managerial processes, politics, and structure of the health care organizations where ethical policies and practices are implemented and carried out on an ongoing basis. Policies for consideration include resource allocation, end-of-life decision-making, accountability and performance measurement, and conflict-of-interest.
BIE 525 - Public Health Ethics (required for Policy track, elective for Clinical & Research tracks)
In this course, students learn about ethics and public health, and the ways in which these two fields interconnect. The course focuses on ethical theory and the discipline and history of public health, using case studies to illustrate the application of ethical theory to public health practice.
BIE 530 - Bioethics and the Law
This course provides an introduction to the major legal issues and concepts arising in the field of bioethics. Emphasis will be placed on
(1) mastery of key legal concepts and rules that pertain to bioethics
(i.e., what the law is) and (2) demonstration of ability to critically
analyze the law from a normative bioethical perspective (i.e., argue
for what the law ought to be).
BIE 533 - Neuro Ethics (elective)
Spring, Online (even springs)
(1/2 course elective)
The course will aim to familiarize the students with the most pertinent issues in Neuroethics, but will emphasize those issues which have some immediate application in clinical settings, such as criteria for brain death, the ethics of enhancement, and justification of memory manipulation. The overall objective of the course is to demonstrate continuity between neuroethics and other areas of bioethics, and to identify the application of major ethical principles to this new branch of ethics.
BIE 535 - Medicine and Social Justice (required for Policy track, elective for Clinical & Research tracks)
This course examines issues of social justice in medicine, beginning with a review of classical (Aristotle) and contemporary (Rawls) works on political philosophy, ethics and justice. Students will also read some of theoretical work of authors who focus their attention on justice in medicine (including Daniels and Menzel). Building of these philosophic underpinnings, students will then explore the issues that lie at the heart of justice in medicine: the right to health and health care, aggregation and utility, personal responsibility, prioritarianism, and the allocation of medical resources.
BIE 545 - Reproductive Ethics (elective)
Summer, Online (even summers)
(6 weeks; full 3 master’s credits, All Specializations) The course examines the philosophical, ethical, and legal problems
arising from assisted reproductive technologies. We begin with the
notion of procreative liberty. Procreative liberty is conceived as the
right to make one’s own reproductive decisions, whether to have or
to avoid having offspring. We will not be discussing the right to avoid
reproduction by contraception or abortion, as these topics would
require a longer course, or even a course of its own. Instead, this
course focuses on the right to reproduce: its nature, scope, and limits.
BIE 555 - Research Ethics (required for Research track, elective for Clinical & Policy tracks)
This course is designed to teach students about the ethics of scientific
research, particularly research involving human participants. Upon
completion of the course, students should be able to: (a) discuss in
depth the principles of bioethics and how these principles should be
applied to the ethical design and conduct of research involving human
participants or animal subjects; (b) identify, define, and analyze
ethical issues in the context of novel and potentially problematic
areas of scientific research; (c) identify, through case studies, ethical
issues that arise in different contexts and begin to reason through an
appropriate course of action. In addition, students will be taught basic
practical skills in research, writing and reviewing articles, and
providing training and education in bioethics
BIE 563 - Pediatric Ethics (elective)
Spring, Online (even springs)
(1/2 course elective) In this course we will cover standards for surrogate decision making for children, ethical issues with respect to very premature neonates, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining care, genetic testing and screening, and adolescent confidentiality, truth-telling, and decision making. This course will include guest participation by members of the Icahn School of Medicine faculty, including experts in neonatology, adolescent health, genetics, and pediatric oncology.
BIE 566 - Foundations of Empirical Bioethics (elective)
Fall, Online (even falls)
This course covers the basic process and methods encountered in
conducting empirical research in bioethics. A key objective is to
develop an understanding of commonly encountered study designs
and statistical methods needed to understand published empirical
literature in bioethics and healthcare. The course focuses on
developing skills to critically evaluate the quality and applicability of
empirical research studies. Foundations of Empirical Bioethics course
is targeted for those students with limited background in statistics.
BIE 567 - Survey Research Methods (elective)
Fall, Online (even falls)
This course will cover the survey research process including planning,
design, execution, and analysis. Careful construction of questions is
essential to eliciting information from human subjects that will meet
the objectives of research studies. Good practices in questionnaire
construction and survey execution that will lead to the efficient
collection of high quality data are covered. The course will focus on
the practical aspects of survey research by developing and executing
various types of data collection instruments and analyzing the
BIE 568 - Empirical Methods in Health Care Policy (elective)
Fall, Online (odd falls)
This course is intended for those students that have prior background
in reading empirical literature or in conducting empirical
Methods will be presented that are more advanced than those found
in standard undergraduate statistics courses
BIE 569 - Statistical Methods in Health Care (elective)
Fall, Online (odd falls)
The purpose of this course is to cover statistical topics applicable to
healthcare settings, not typically covered in an introductory statistics
course. These topics include study designs commonly applied in
healthcare, measures of disease frequency and health risk, power
analysis, and non-parametric statistics.
BIE 570 - Bioethics Policy Foundations (required for Policy track, elective for Clinical & Research tracks)
This course will address prospective rules designed to govern populations and categories of cases. Often, bioethics policies have the force of law (e.g., statute, agency regulation, court precedent); at other times, however, they are voluntarily adopted by institutions or groups (e.g., hospitals, insurers, IRBs, research funders, the AMA).
This course focuses on the moral philosophical and behavioral foundations of contemporary bioethics policy and draws on concepts from philosophy, economics, and psychology that are increasingly used in policymaking in both the U.S. and the U.K.
BIE 573 - Interpersonal Skills and Communication (elective)
Spring, Online (odd springs)
(1/2 elective - 5 weeks; All Specializations)
This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn the
basic components of communication, including active listening,
effective vocal style, optimal elicitation of information and the ability
to create partnerships with patients, research subjects, families,
clinicians and researchers. Using a variety of formats and media,
students will develop and practice the interpersonal skills necessary
to communicate with clinical ethicists, research ethicists,
policymakers and in our daily human interactions.
BIE 575 - Bioethical Issues at the End of Life (elective)
Summer, Online (odd summers)
(6 weeks; full 3 master’s credits, All Specializations)
This course examines some of the philosophical, ethical and policy
programs arising at the end of life. It begins with a discussion of death
itself, including what it means to say that someone is dead and the
criteria for determining that death has occurred. Additional topics
include advance directives, assisted death and whether or
not people have a 'right to die'.
BIE 580 - Research Ethics II (required for Research track, elective for Clinical track)
This course teaches students about the ethics and policies governing
scientific research, particularly research involving human participants
or animal subjects. This course builds upon the knowledge and
themes introduced in BIE 555 (Research Ethics I). Research Ethics II
covers these topics in greater depth and explores the key US and
international laws and policies that regulate the design, conduct, and
oversight of trials involving human participants or animal subjects. In
addition, students examine in depth specific areas or types of
that are potentially controversial or ethically
BIE 590 - Clinical Ethics (required for Clinical track, elective for Policy & Research tracks)
This course deals with the practical applications of clinical ethics, including clinical ethics consulting and its recording and documentation, the work of ethics committees and IRBs, and other practical ethics of clinical ethics.
BIE 610 - Online Clinical Ethics Practicum
A supervised practical experience in clinical ethics designed to teach skills of clinical ethics consultation.This course is designed to help students develop many of the competencies required to perform clinical ethics consultation (CEC) at a basic level. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: (a) assess their own strengths and
weaknesses with respect to CEC competencies; (b) apply a systematic
method to analyze and document CEC cases; (c) practice techniques
to help avoid common CEC quality gaps; and (d) recognize complex
cases for which advanced-
level CEC competencies are required. While
the course emphasizes process skills for CEC, students will also gain
experience that will augment their clinical ethics content knowledge,
and critical thinking. Prerequisite: BIE 590.
BIE 611 - Online Research Ethics Practicum
A supervised practical experience in research
ethics designed to teach specific skills. Exposes students to the
process of ethical review of research involving human volunteers or
animal subjects, and helps students develop some of the basic skills
that a working research ethics professional needs. Through online
discussion and participatory exercises, students gain a practical
understanding of: (a) research ethics committee structure and
function, (b) applicable state and federal regulations regarding the
conduct of research involving human volunteers or animal subjects,
and (c) relevant organizational and management skills needed to lead
a research ethics committee. In addition, students are taught
practical skills in qualitative and quantitative research, report and
grant writing, and bioethical training and education.
BIE 612 - Online Policy Practicum
This course is designed as an opportunity for students to develop and refine the skills of policy analysis that they have learned in prior courses — in particular, in the prerequisites to this course — and to apply them to a range of current issues in bioethics policy. To be as relevant as possible to students with diverse interests and career aspirations in bioethics, the course covers a broad range of policy issues in the bio-sciences, including both public and “private” bioethics policies.
BIE 620 - On-Site Clinical Ethics Practicum
Spring, On-site, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
A supervised practical experience in clinical ethics designed to teach skills in clinical ethics consultation. (First week of June, Spring Term) Prerequisite: BIE 610.
BIE 621 - On-Site Research Ethics Practicum
Spring, On-site, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
A supervised practical experience which helps students
develop and refine the practical skills introduced in BIE 611 (Online
Research Ethics Practicum) through hands
-on experience. These skills
include: teaching and education, review and oversight of institutional
research projects involving human volunteers or animal subjects, and
sound management of the research endeavor, including
organizational management and policy analysis, arbitration, and
mediation. (First week of June, Spring Term)
Prerequisites: BIE580 Corequisites: BIE611
BIE 630, BIE 635 & BIE 640 - Masters Project I , II & III
Fall, Winter & Spring, Online
The masters project in bioethics, research or clinical ethics, will involve three terms of research culminating in a written document addressing some aspect of clinical ethics or bioethical policy, such as a proposal to revise or reform practices at a medical institution or managed care organization, or a proposal to change bioethical policy.
BIE 650 - Capstone
Spring, On-site, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Clarkson University Capital Region Campus
Capstone practicum in which students demonstrate their mastery of clinical ethics, research ethics, or health policy. Each student
presents their Masters Project (One week during Spring Term).