Spring 2021 - HSCI 319W D100

Applied Health Ethics (3)

Class Number: 2829

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • 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%
  • First Paper 15%
  • Second Paper 25%
  • Final Paper Draft 5%
  • Final Paper 35%
  • Participation 5%



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

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


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).