Principles Of Ethics And Integrity
This course will explore the major ethical issues confronting the practices of medicine and biomedical sciences. The students will become familiar with legal and institutional positions, consider and debate opposing arguments on the various topics. The topics covered includes; Concepts and definition, Principles features of medical ethics, Physicians and society, Physicians and colleagues, Physicians and patients, Ethics and medical research, and Responsibilities and privileges of Physicians.
This course is an introduction to biomedical ethics and is intended to introduce the concepts and principles of ethics at an early stage so that students can recognize and discuss ethical issues in subsequent courses in the programme. It also introduces to them the concept of integrity and the relationship between ethical behavior and integrity.
This course is typically offered in undergraduate programs in pre-medicine. The course is designed to enable students examine common ethical issues they could face as doctors, such as the relationship between doctors and their patients. They discuss the importance of privacy with regards to a patient's medical condition.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Uphold human and patient rights.
- Demonstrate awareness of individual moral and ethical responsibilities.
- Discuss cultural diversity and African traditional beliefs.
- Explain the historical/philosophical issues underlying modern medical ethics.
- Explain the philosophical foundations and principles of biomedical ethics.
- Discuss the international codes of medical ethics.
- Explain how ethical behavior of an individual may be related to his/her integrity in his/her practice and general life in society.