PHIL-148 : Public Health Ethics

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PHIL-148 Public Health Ethics

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): (Or Co-requisite) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course.

Course Description in college catalog:

A consideration of the ethical implications of modern health research and practice. Topics include professional versus universal ethics, the rights of current and future generations, Public Health measures, truth and information in science, and public health policy. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening and speaking related to ethical issues in Public Health

2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions related to ethical issues in Public Health

3. Students will critically evaluate ethical theories.

4. Students will construct written essays, responses, and/or papers demonstrating the use of evidence-based information in drawing conclusions about ethical issues in Public Health

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

All sections will satisfy the college requirements for Writing Intensive instruction (10 pages of revisable formal writing assignments, in-class discussions on how to improve student writing skills, and various informal writing assignments).
All sections will involve exercises involving reading comprehension and critical thinking skills development. Assessment of student-learning will be based on a series of 10 1-2 page essays which will be graded on a scale of 1-4 based on the following criteria Demonstrated understanding of the material, clarity, effective argumentation, and spelling/grammar. Students will also be required to write at least three short in-class essays for which they will receive credit but will not be graded.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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