HCA 420 Medical Law and Ethics
3 Semester Units
Medical Law and Ethics explores the study of medical ethics, or applied ethics, for healthcare professionals who often face dilemmas that are not experienced by the general population. The fast-paced growth of medical technology has made the study of ethics even more relevant. The study of bioethics, or biomedical ethics, refers to moral dilemmas due to advances in medicine and medical research. Since medical law and ethics are often interrelated, students need to have a clear understanding of both in order to protect themselves, their employer, and the patient. The study of ethics includes many questions for which there is no one answer.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the similarities and differences between laws and ethics.
- Discuss the difference between ethics and bioethics.
- Describe how to apply the three decision-making models discussed in this text.