Course work in international health care ethics
International course in research ethics in Bangkok
July 30-August 3, 2001
The Department of Philosophy offers two courses taught in English. Both give 5 Norwegian
credits or 15 European Course Credit Transfer System Credits ECTC:
Ethics and Health Policy
This course in usually offered in the Spring Semester. It provides an overview
of the ethical basis for various proposals for health sector reform. In particular,
it examines the recent proposal to use Disability Adjusted Life Years as a basis
for making health policy decisions. There is also an examination of various
notions of equity in health policy.
Ethics and research policy
This course is usually offered in the Fall semester. It provides an overview of
recent controversies in research ethics, such as how on should deal with different
ethical standards or different economic conditions in different countries.
It is possible to use the two above mentioned courses as part of Masters degrees
offered at the University of Bergen. It is also possible to use them as part
of degree work (both undergraduate and graduate) in the Department of Philosophy.
The courses are open to students admitted to the regular study program in the
Department of Philosophy, to students admitted to the various Masters programs
as well as to students participating in the various student exchange programs.
For exceptionally well qualified students, it is possible to apply for admission
to a Ph.D. program in international health care ethics. Financial assistance
is available for students from developing and East European countries for this
program. It should, however, be emphasised that entry to this program will be
extremely competitive, and will only be considered in case of applicants who
already have well-developed research proposals.
In addition, we have been developing course packages in general
medical ethics, and research ethics with an emphasis on HIV vaccine
research. The general medical ethics course has been organised five times as part
of a continuing medical education program for health care personell
in the SEA region; the research ethics course has been organised four times as part
of UNAIDS' effort to increase the capacity for ethics review in countries
carrying out, or planning to carry out, HIV vaccine trials. We are preparing to make the
material from these workshops available in electronic format. Here are some
cases used for discussion, as well as
a resource allocation case
from these workshops
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