Bioethics Online Course by Georgetown University

Georgetown University is offering free online course on Introduction to Bioethics. This course should be of interest to undergraduates, health care professionals, policy makers, and anyone interested in philosophy or ethics.

This course will explore fundamental moral issues that arise in medicine, health, and biotechnology. The course will start on April 15, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours pw
Subject: Biology and Life Science
Institution: Georgetown University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $ 50
Session: Course Starts on April 15, 2017

Providers’ Details

Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. Students receive a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs.

About This Course

Should we clone humans? What should we think of the coming genetic revolution? How much control should we have over how and when we die? When does medical treatment turn into medical enhancement — and should we care? Is rationing health care good, bad, necessary — or all of the above?

Why Take This Course?

This course will explore fundamental moral issues that arise in medicine, health, and biotechnology. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, brought on by a dizzying pace of technology that can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world. And nearly all intersect with issues of racial and gender equality, as well as policies affecting the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize core philosophy concepts in bioethics debates, including well-being, justice, and autonomy
  • Develop scientific literacy relevant to core bioethics topics such as abortion, genetic enhancement, and euthanasia
  • Understand key bioethics terms such as informed consent and medical futility
  • Practice engaging in reflective, respectful conversations with others on polarizing issues


Tom Beauchamp
Professor of Philosophy
Georgetown University

John Keown
Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics
Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Rebecca Kukla
Professor of Philosophy
Georgetown University

Margaret Little
Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Madison Powers
Professor of Philosophy
Georgetown University

Karen Stohr
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Georgetown University

Robert M. Veatch
Emeritus Professor
Senior Research Scholar


None. This is an introductory course.

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