Bioethics Teaching Across Campus

IU School of Medicine

Center faculty teach many guest lectures and lead classes and teaching sessions on bioethics and related topics.  This education impacts every part of the education of future doctors, including the following:

Center faculty lecture and lead discussions during the pre-clinical years (Phase I) on topics including autonomy and informed consent, pandemics, healthcare reform, coverage of extremely expensive medicines for conditions such as advanced cancer or Hepatitis C, and ethical challenges for medical students on the wards. 

Dr. Schwartz serves as the faculty advisor for the Medical Student Interest Group in Ethics, and faculty from the Center lecture regularly in their lunchtime talks (“Ethics at Lunch”).  Contact for more information.

Professor Hartsock co-leads the Scholarly Concentration in Medical Humanities, and faculty from the Center lecture and provide mentorship in bioethics to students in this program.  This program allows medical students to learn and conduct a research project in medical humanities or bioethics during their medical school.  Click here for more information about the Scholarly Concentration in Medical Humanities:

For more than 15 years, the Center has offered a month-long elective course for fourth-year students about medical ethics, often in February, led for many years by Dr. Gaffney and this year by Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Halverson.  Click here for more information:

Margaret Gaffney, MD

93ZP700: Medical Ethics and Professionalism 

This annual month-long elective seeks to provide mature medical students and palliative care fellows with an overview of major medical ethics and in-depth exploration of foundational issues. In this seminar-style course, students first discuss basic ethical principles and theories; ethics at end of life, including hospice and palliative care; conscience-sensitive medical ethics; and the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics before moving on to topics on genetics, research professionalism, public health, health care reform, and more. Students also attend a monthly hospital ethics committee meeting and an ethics consult meeting, with the course culminating in presentations on topics of their choosing.

IU School of Liberal Arts

Faculty from the IU Center for Bioethics lecture and teach courses on bioethics, medical  humanities, health communication, and related topics for undergraduate and graduate students at the IU School of Liberal Arts in a range of departments and programs.  The purpose of this education is both to prepare those who will enter the health professions or become scientists, as well as to prepare all people to better understand the relationships between science, technology, health, and society.  Check the websites for the departments of Philosophy, Religion, Medical Humanities and Health Sciences, and Anthropology, for upcoming courses on bioethics and related topics.  Those who are especially interested may consider majoring or minoring in these departments to focus on related topics.  Courses taught by faculty of the IU Center for Bioethics recently include:

Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD

  • Phil 393/547- Foundations of Bioethics
  • Phil 383/696- Topics in Biomedical Ethics
  • Phil 600- Topics in Philosophy

Jane Hartsock, JD, MA

  • MHHS- M 201 Medical Humanities & Health Studies – Jane Hartsock
  • MHHS 301 Perspectives on Health
  • MHHS 492/592 - Topics in Medical Humanities: Motherhood in Medical Humanities
  • MHHS-M 495 Seminar in MHHS -Seminar in MHHS: Precision Medicine 
  • MHHS 498/598 - Readings in Medical Humanities

David M. Craig, PhD

  • R133 Introduction to Religion
  • R378 Religion and Philanthropy 
  • R383 Religion, Ethics, and U.S Society
  • R384 Religion, Ethics, and Health
  • R386 Ethics of Consumption 
  • R393 Comparative Religious Ethics
  • R433 Theories of Religion 

Brandon Brown, MD, MA

  • MHHS 301 Perspectives on Health, Disease, and Healing
  • MHHS 501 Exploring the Human Condition 

IU Fairbanks School of Public Health

Center Faculty teach bioethics and health law to students in public health, including topics such as healthcare management, leadership, ethics and public health, and global health law and ethics. 

Ross Silverman, JD, MPH

Undergraduate level

  • PBHL – H361 Leadership in Health Management: Resolving Disputes and difficult conversations
  • PBHL-H120 Contemporary Healthcare Issues

 Graduate level

  • PBHL 361 - Leadership in Health Management
  • PBHL 841 - Ethics and Public Health
  • LAW-D676 Directed Reading: Indiana Health Policy
  • PBHL-H756 Leadership in Global Health Law & Ethics
  • LAW – D761 Law and Public Health
  • PBHL – H641 Ethics and Public Health 

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Center Faculty teach and lecture on health law and bioethics in a variety of courses, including the following:

Robert A. Katz, JD

  • Law 802 – Legal Externships
  • Law 722 – Trusts and Estates
  • Law 843/ PHST 535 – The Law of Nonprofit Organizations