Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Medical Ethics Pathway


Course Overview


First-Year Course: Medical Ethics - MBETH-MAIN

This course is required for all first-year medical and health professions students and introduces students to the basic concepts and terms of medical ethics and to use the Ethics-Work-Up to resolve clinical ethics cases. Course Director: Christi Guerrini, J.D., M.P.H.

Second-Year Elective Seminar: Bioethics Seminar - MEETH-417

This seminar provides students with an understanding of the philosophical, historical, legal and religious underpinnings of bioethical debates. Course Director: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.

Third-Year Clinical Elective: Introduction to Clinical Medical Ethics - MEETH-418

This clinical elective combines weekly clinical experiences and seminars to provide an in-depth introduction to clinical ethics. Course Director: Trevor Bibler, Ph.D.

Fourth-Year Research Elective: Scholarly Project - MEETH-419

During their fourth year, students complete an independent study, during which they engage in a supervised project that could take the form of either a paper or a creative project such as a video on a topic in clinical ethics. Course Directors: Stephanie Morain, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.




Students who complete the Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway are presented a certificate during the Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway graduation, an event where graduates showcase their scholarly projects and family members are encouraged to attend. Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway graduates’ names also appear in a listing in their official graduation program.