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Biomedical Ethics (Honors)

PHIL 328

Itinerary subject to change. Students should wait to make travel arrangements after confirming dates and times with instructor.

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Students will:

  • Participate in an intense, two-week course exploring ethical issues in contemporary health care.
  • Learn about basic ethical theories and principles at work in making ethical decisions in health care.
  • Examine current topics in health care, such as end-of-life decisions, the patient/doctor relationship, genetics, health care reform, and the ethics of research in and use of emerging biotechnologies.
  • Meet with senior health policy specialists on Capitol Hill to develop a basic understanding of current topics in health care ethics by questioning experts directly.
  • Visit the American College of Medical Genetics, Senate staffers working on health care issues, advocates for the “right to die,” and other individuals and organizations dealing with health care-related policy, advocacy, and oversight.


Oxford, MS, and Washington, DC

Who should go?

Students in the Honors College, and if space is available, non-honors students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must have permission of the instructor to take this course. This course may be of particular interest to students majoring in pre-med, biology, pre-law, pharmacy, public policy leadership, philosophy, or political science.


Students will be on the Oxford campus from January 2-6 and in Washington, DC from January 7-13.


Students will make their own travel arrangements to and from Washington, DC and meet with the group at the hotel at a designated time. The group will stay at the Capitol Hill Hotel.


$950 plus tuition. Included in the cost are housing, one group dinner, site admission fees, and tour fees. Study USA application fee, tuition, airfare, and personal spending money are excluded from the course fee.


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