Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Bioethics Intensive Course


The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy partners with Houston Methodist to offer the virtual five-day Intensive Bioethics Course in the Texas Medical Center. The course is productive, engaging, and covers fundamental bioethics topics and advanced clinical ethics skills.


This unique course emphasizes learning-by-doing with a practical and clinically based focus. Its learner-centered model enables sessions to be customized to individual needs for people who want more background and skills in clinical ethics consultation.

Download the 2022 Intensive Bioethics Course Agenda to see what was offered in the prior course.

Dates and Fees

The five-day virtual course is scheduled for April 17-21, 2023. Several discounts are available as described further on the Fees page.

  • Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine physicians and other health care professionals: See Fees page for detailed fee information. 
  • Early bird discount of $200 applied to all participants that register by Feb. 10, 2023.

2023 Course Registration

If you are interested in receiving information about the 2023 course, please complete the Interest Form to be added to our mailing list. The five-day virtual course is scheduled for April 17-21, 2023.

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who regularly encounter complex ethical challenges in the healthcare setting and wish to receive advanced training
  • Anyone interested in getting certified in health care ethics consultation
  • Past participants are from all over the country with diverse backgrounds including: physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates and patient representatives, risk managers, hospital administrators, and health care attorneys

What Other Ethics Consultants Say About the Course

  • “The course delivered everything we expected and more.”
  • “All I can say is I wish I had known about this course years ago! Outstanding and brilliant!”
  • "Impressive credentials of faculty and speakers.”
  • "Information was comprehensive and exactly what I needed.”
  • “Great course and I have already recommended it to my colleagues.”
  • “The breadth, expertise of speakers, energy of delivery, and attention to the needs and hopes of participants resulted in an outstanding conference.”

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify five (or more) common ethical challenges or topics arising in patient care
  • Develop ethically reasoned and practical strategies for addressing these ethical challenges
  • Identify five (or more) approaches or strategies for navigating complex cases, including tips on mediation and facilitating family meetings
  • Identify the procedural elements that every ethics consultant should undertake as part of his or her routine consultative activities for most (if not all) ethics consultations

Direct and Successful Outcomes

  • Scored 4.9 out of 5 on fulfillment of the stated learning objectives
  • Scored 4.7 out of 5 on overall course quality from participants surveyed
  • 95 percent of participants stated they learned information that could be implemented into their clinical practice
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