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Health Care Ethics

Course Details

Course Number
HSAD 5273
Section Number
HSAD 5273
Summer I 2011
Days & Times

Class is fully online

Office Hours by appointment on Monday 8:15A-1P and Tuesday 11A-12-30P and in the evening 5:15-8:30P

Dr. Roe Roberts (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

1. To acquire an awareness of the discretionary power of the health care administrator and understand the ethical implications of such discretion;


2. To develop an understanding of the ethical standards, values, and virtues associated with the art and practice of health care administration;


3. To expand one's moral imagination and ethical reasoning to deal effectively with ethical dilemmas that may arise in carrying out one's duties;


4. To cultivate an attitude of moral obligation and personal responsibility in pursuing a career in health care administration.


5. Be able to think critically in a health care environment which is rapidly changing and constantly posing ethically challenging situations.


6. Be able to describe, and distinguish between, several ethical frameworks and their application in healthcare.


7. Be able to apply ethical reasoning and analytic thinking when considering a variety of end of life care issues.


8. Discuss the complicated, and often ethically conflicting, tensions found in current health care ethics.

Course Expectations

All Papers (MWP and FP) must be in APA style, double-spaced, and typed in Word with Times Roman 12 Font.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic deduction of 10% per assignment.


  1. Modules: 60 points



Each module will have one MWP, the goal of the MWP is to focus on a particular aspect of the module, and the MWP will help form a part of the final FP.  Each MWP must have a minimum of two referenced peer reviewed articles NOT including the textbook.  The professor will review each MWP, point out its strengths and offer suggestions for improvements that should be incorporated into the final FP.


Ø  Discussions :

You must answer the instructor posed questions and respond to at least one of your classmate's comments.  Saying “I agree” or “That’s a great point.” doesn’t count as a response.  The response must be carefully thought out, and draw upon the readings or other appropriate outside sources. 


2. Final Paper – 20 points 

In this paper you may combine what you have learned in your MWP and your discussions. 

The paper must be 12-15 pages long, typed, double-spaced, 10 or 12 font Times Roman font, in APA format with 1 inch margins.

In this paper you will identify a major, recognized philosopher, define his/her world view and apply it to a health related ethical dilemma of your choice.    The dilemma may be identified from a case study, a peer-reviewed journal article or a newspaper report.

Examples of philosophers you may choose from include: Bentham, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Lock, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Plato, Rawls, Rousseau, Russell, Sartre and Voltaire

A) You must submit the name of the philosopher and the dilemma you wish to examine to me for approval by June 15th.  I will limit the number of individuals who may report on a given philosopher or the dilemma.  So, have a second choice in mind.   Students who have not chosen a philosopher by June 15th will be assigned one.

B) As some of you are out of town, before choosing a specific philosopher, check online with our library and with your local library to make sure you can access relevant material.

Papers will lose points for each ½ page short they are short.; so one full page short will result in a loss of 8%.   I will reformat any papers that are not properly formatted in APA style.

Late papers will only be accepted if the student has permission to turn them in late, permission must be obtained at least 3 days before the due date.  Except for extreme circumstances, all late papers will be penalized 10%.  They will not be accepted if turned in more than 5 days after the due date.

  1. Exams --  20 points

Mid-term/final exams will be timed, available online; utilize multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false questions.  They will be open for a limited time period so be sure to check the Module Schedule to see when they will be posted.  The length of time available for you to take them in once opened will depend on the number of questions in each test.


Grading Standards

Modules 1-6









Writing Assignment







Module 7

Final Paper



Final Exam





Total Points




Submission Format Policy

Papers must be written using APA 5th ed. or above.

Discussion Responses must be turned in by 6PM on the due date.  Comments must be turned in by 6PM within 5 days after the Response due date.

 All Due Dates are noted in the Class Assignment Schedule.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy Module assignments are due on the assignment date unless the student is given prior permission to turn work in late.  Approved late work will be penalized 10%, unless a documented health or family issue has arisen.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.


I assume that the written work you turn in reflects your own ideas and your own words, unless you specifically attribute them to another source. A modest amount of quotation and paraphrasing for written assignments is acceptable.  However, appropriate acknowledgement of the ideas, works, writings, or opinions that you borrow must be stated.  Academic dishonesty is not acceptable and is a breech of the student code of ethics.  Dishonesty includes, but not limited to: 1) plagiarism*, 2) submitting work that was not prepared by you (fraud), and 3) helping another student with their work when expressly prohibited (cheating).  


*Plagiarism:   As noted using direct quotes or sections of writing from other author’s without the appropriate citations is unacceptable.  Any written assignment may be submitted to a computer-based review to assess it for evidence of plagiarism.   Please see the additional notes on the main page regarding what constitutes plagiarism.

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes

ADA Requests


All ADA requests are honored if a letter specifying the needed accommodations is obtained from the Office of Disability Services.  Please submit your request to the MSU ADA coordinator.Students with letters specifying needed accommodations must contact the instructor within the first two weeks of the term.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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