Graduate Catalog

Certificate in Healthcare Ethics

Health care in the United States has its roots in the hospital care that congregations of Catholic women religious have provided. Many of these congregations, such as the Sisters of Bon Secours, Religious Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Charity, and Franciscan Sisters, among others, founded hospitals to serve those who were sick and poor when no other care options existed. Many of these congregations continue to sponsor these hospitals. Increasingly, as women religious retire, lay persons have taken up the responsibilities of directing operations. Both the congregations and lay persons sharing their ministry are concerned with continuing the original mission and charism of the founding orders. The Department program in Healthcare Ethics addresses some of these concerns as it provides an examination of the ethics that informs healthcare ministries.

The purpose of the certificate is to provide a fundamental background in health care ethics. The program examines the following:

  • The rise of bioethics as an academic discipline and its place in health care ministries.
  • Local and national health policy and health law.
  • Emergent issues surrounding reproductive and genetic technologies, neo-natal health and the welfare of children, death and dying.
  • Organizational ethics.
  • Healthcare mission and advocacy outreach.

The Certificate in Healthcare Ethics at Barry includes a minimum of 15 course credit hours (5 courses) with a core of 3 courses. The Certificate program coheres with the specialized D.Min. in Institutional and Military Ministry, particularly as it applies to hospital and hospice chaplains.

Certificate in Healthcare Ethics (15 credits)

Required Courses

THE-552METHOD IN PRACTICAL THEO

3

THE-653BIOETHICS TODAY&YESTERDA

3

THE-667HEALTH CARE POLICY

3

Distribution and Elective Courses

Choose 2 courses from the following:

THE-658DEATH AND DYING

3

THE-669HEALTH LAW & ETHICS

3

THE-671ORG ETHICS HLTHCARE PROF

3

THE-672MISSION AND ADVOCACY

3

THE-674ETH CONCRN REPRO/GENE TECHN

3

THE-675ETH CNCRN NEO-NATAL/CHLD WELF

3

THE-712BIO-MEDICAL TOPICS

3