Courses Catalogue

Ethics And Integrity

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course introduces theories about the nature and foundations of moral judgments as well as applications to contemporary moral issues. The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of medical ethics and law. The student will gain knowledge of law, medical ethics, and bioethics as they impact current health care practices. Special emphasis will be placed on documentation; types of consent; standard of care; physicianpatient relationship; licensure and accreditation; and professional liability and malpractice

Course justification/rationale
Ethical and legal questions often confront patients, families, health professionals, attorneys, judges and policy makers. Therefore this course is necessary to prepare the future health professional to confront and handle them effectively. The course therefore acts as a foundation for eventual ethical practice.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the ethical and medico-legal issues of the practice of medicine

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to;
a)      Discuss the ethical principles and values which underpin the practice of good medicine and medical research
b)      Demonstrate ethical knowledge in the care of special/vulnerable groups
c)      Discuss ethical and legal issues in human reproduction and emerging/re-emerging issues, inappropriate relationships and consequences
d)     Discuss the concept of Life, Death, Dying and Killing and apply ethical principles in Medical research
e)      Demonstrate awareness of individual moral and ethical responsibilities
f)       Explain how ethical behavior of an individual may be related to his/her integrity in his/her practice and general life in society.