CPT-13806 Ethics, Health and Society


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Group work2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. MF Verweij
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. MF Verweij
SR Kraaijeveld
L Schomberg
MS van Loon
Examiner(s)prof. dr. MF Verweij

Language of instruction:



In this course key ethical concepts, values and approaches, that are central for health and society, are explored and applied. Health, well-being, justice, and autonomy can be considered as some of the core values of public health. Moral problems occur when such values are clashing, and this is very common in health policy and health care. Such problems mostly do not allow for simple, determinate answers, but that does not imply that 'anything goes': it is possible and inevitable to reflect on what is right and wrong, and to formulate and assess ethical arguments. Ethical theories and concepts can help in that respect. Throughout the course, key concepts, core values and different types of ethical arguments are introduced and illustrated. Students learn to analyse the argumentative structure of texts, and they engage in ethical case discussions with help of a deliberation format.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the ethical dimensions of public health and health policy;
- understand key ethical concepts, values and approaches that are relevant to societal problems in relation to health;
- analyse the argumentative steps in an opinion article or ethical discussion paper;
- analyse and discuss (orally and in writing) a practical ethical problem with help of a deliberation structure.


- lectures;
- tutorials;
- literature study;
- individual paper;
- group discussions and group paper.


- written exam with closed questions (40%);
- group paper (30%);
- and individual paper (30%).
Each task should be completed with at least 5.0.


Bolt LLE, Verweij MF, Van Delden JJM. Ethiek in Praktijk. Van Gorcum, Assen. 7e druk, 2010.
Additional literature available in Brightspace.

Verplicht voor: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc6AF