Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Medical Ethics Pathway


Course Overview


First-Year Course: Medical Ethics - MBETH-MAIN

This course is required for all first-year medical and health professions students and introduces students to the basic concepts and terms of medical ethics and to use the Ethics-Work-Up to resolve clinical ethics cases. Course Director: Christi Guerrini, J.D., M.P.H. Associate director: Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.

Second-Year Elective Seminar: Bioethics Seminar - MEETH-417

This seminar provides students with an understanding of the philosophical, historical, legal and religious underpinnings of bioethical debates. Course Director: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.

Third-Year Clinical Elective: Introduction to Clinical Medical Ethics - MEETH-418

This clinical elective combines weekly clinical experiences or supplemental activities and seminars to provide an in-depth introduction to clinical ethics. Course Director: Ryan Nelson, Ph.D.

Fourth-Year Research Elective: Scholarly Project - MEETH-419

During their fourth year, students complete an independent study, during which they engage in a supervised project that could take the form of either a paper or a project on a topic in clinical ethics. Course Director: Ryan Nelson, Ph.D.




Students who complete the Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway are presented a certificate during a special reception and poster showcase held the morning of graduation. Family members are encouraged to attend.