Fall 2019 - HSCI 319W D100

Applied Health Ethics (3)

Class Number: 2618

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine HSCI units, one of which must be a 200 division course.



Practical ethical and legal issues in health sciences, emphasizing population and public health. Case studies approach highlighting current ethical dilemmas and decision-making in the context of global to local legal frameworks. HSCI 319 is identical to PHIL 319 and students cannot receive credit for both courses Writing.


In this course, we will explore ethical issues in health sciences, emphasizing population level health. Fruitful discussion of ethical issues requires a background in ethical theory, and so we will begin the class by considering canonical theories within ethics and frameworks that apply these theories to the context of public health. We will then apply these theories to ethical issues within public health, including the conflict between public health and individual autonomy, the just distribution of health resources, and responsibility for health outcomes. The aim of this course is to provide students with tools to discuss and assess ethical arguments and to form their own views on debates within population and public health. Students will be expected to write position papers, engage in critical analysis, and participate actively in classroom discussions of these topics.


  • Online Discussion 5%
  • Wiki Article 5%
  • Wiki Revision 5%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • First Paper 20%
  • Final Paper Draft 5%
  • Final Paper 30%
  • Participation 5%
  • Quiz 10%



Stephen Holland, Public Health Ethics, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge)
ISBN: 0745662196

Ruth Bernheim, James Childress, Richard Bonnie, and Alan Melnick, Essentials of Public Health Ethics (Jones and Bartlett Learning).
ISBN: 0763780464

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html