Course Information and Policies


PHIL2203 ID, Health Care Ethics

Interdisciplinary Course

(3 credits, 3 hours)

Course Description

An examination of the major ethical theories on what is morally right and wrong, and the meaning of moral concepts (e.g., the concepts of right and duty). Focus is on ethical problems associated with the practice of medicine and biomedical research.

Course Objectives

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to issues at the intersection of health care and values, as well as the theories, principles, data, and literature addressing these issues. Students are required to critically interact with multiple disciplinary methods in order to reach their own conclusions about ethical behavior in health care. Interdisciplinary learning is furthered by assignments that require students to synthesize philosophy with other sources of relevant knowledge, particularly medicine and nursing.

Required Texts:

This is an OER (Open Educational Resource) course. All required readings for this course are either open access, hosted on external websites, or available for free through the City Tech library to students of City Tech. See hyperlinks in the schedule.



1. Learn key theories and principles from philosophical ethics and health care ethics, and gain an appreciation for how philosophy can shed light on issues in health care.

1. Reading quizzes and homework assignments; objective questions and essays on exams. 


2. Acquire skills in philosophical reasoning, including constructing and analyzing arguments, recognizing ethical issues, and gaining an ability think critically about their own values and assumptions.

2. Class participation grade; case study; reflection assignments in homework. 


3. Integrate a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the findings of science and the methods of philosophy, to arrive at practical answers for health care ethical problems and issues

3. Objective elements of the midterm and final exams; research requirement for case reports; homework and in-class assignments involving case analysis.


4. Reflect critically on personal values and assumptions, work together with other students to find mutually agreeable resolutions to ethical issues.

4.  Homework assignments requiring personal reflection; case analysis, in homework, on tests, and in class; class discussions.  




A 93-100

A- 90-92.9

B+ 87-89.9

B 83-86.9

B- 80-82.9

C+ 77-79.9

C 70-76.9

D 60-69.9

F 59.9 and below

Attendance and Lateness

Attendance in class is not mandatory at CUNY. However, attendance is taken at the beginning of every class. Students receive a participation grade for the semester, and participation is not possible if students are not present.

Penalties and extensions:

Late assignments will be penalized in proportion to their tardiness, 3 points (out of 100) per academic day to a maximum of 10 points per week, and will receive no comments. No assignments will be accepted after the last regular class day before the final.

If for some reason you cannot meet a deadline, please discuss this with me well in advance of the due date. I will consider granting extensions on a case-by-case basis. The only exceptions to this “well-in-advance” rule will occur for bereavement or medical necessity (you will need to demonstrate evidence for either of these. For example, you will need a note from a doctor explaining that you could not make it to class in the case of medical necessity). 

Students requiring special accommodation:

If students require any special accommodations, please inform me at the beginning of the semester. Students may also wish to contact the The Student Support Services Program (SSSP). I will be more than happy to make any special accommodations I can.

Academic Integrity Statement

The CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity is that academic dishonesty is prohibited in the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion.

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York is committed to the maintenance of the highest standards of intellectual honesty and academic integrity. Intellectual honesty is the foundation of all academic and scholarly pursuits. Any form of academic dishonesty is viewed by the faculty as a serious offense which undermines the bonds of trust and honesty. Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using crediting and citing sources.