Drawing from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the interdisciplinary biomedical ethics minor examines the broader biosocial and environmental contexts in which the health sciences are practiced.
Social contexts include structural health disparities, local considerations like cultural values and beliefs, and particular public policies, infrastructure, and institutions, as well as universal considerations such as respect for persons.
Overall, students will learn to question norms of health and biomedical assumptions, and to seek new understandings of how social, biosocial, technological, and environmental factors contribute to good or poor health outcomes, in both local and global contexts.
Learning outcomes for biomedical ethics minors:
  • Students will learn to examine the principles of autonomy and informed consent, and be able to recognize complicating factors in the practice of medicine.
  • Students will learn, through multiple disciplinary analytical frameworks, how social, biosocial and environmental factors contribute to the complexities of population health.
  • Students will be able to critically consider the application of biomedicine and biomedical technologies in both local and global contexts.
This minor has been designed to appeal to Lawrence students planning further work in medicine, nursing, genetic counseling, public health, global health, social work and other areas of study in or related to health and health care as well as students wishing to undertake graduate work in applied ethics.