PHIL 202: Ethics and Policy in Healthcare IV

Class Program
Degree Code
Humanities Lecture
Credits 1 Lecture Hours 11

This is the fourth in a series of five courses exploring values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people and groups within the context of the healthcare professions.


PHIL 201 or instructor permission


NUR 220 or instructor permission.

Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Evaluate the legal concepts relevant to healthcare provider practice: standards of care, civil and criminal action, information privacy, informed consent, advance healthcare directives.
  2. Develop strategies to work and communicate successfully within a diverse workforce.
  3. Identify potential ethical, legal and confidentiality issues related to Informatics.
  4. Explore the topic "Social Determinants of Health" presented by Healthy People 2020 and discuss the influence of income, race, ethnicity and social class on health.
  5. Analyze the ethical dilemmas that arise from healthcare providers' participation in collective bargaining.
Institutional Outcomes

IO1 Communication: Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.

Course Content Outline

1.    Legal concepts in healthcare
2.    Working with a diverse workforce in healthcare
3.    Informatics in healthcare and related ethical/legal issues
4.    Collective Bargaining    
5.    Influence of social factors on health and illness

Department Guidelines

PO4 should be assessed:  Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.

PO5 should be assessed:  Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.