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PBHE215 - Healthcare: Moral Issues

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE215 Course ID: 4965 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an examination of moral issues and dilemmas within the health care profession based on associated ethical theories and principles. The course puts special emphasis on patient's rights, social justice of health care, and evolving health care technologies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and apply ethical principles.
  2. Apply ethical paradoxes with sound problem solving methodology.
  3. Describe the challenges of creating a strong corporate culture.
  4. Identify and/or formulate values, vision, and mission statements.
  5. Describe institutional review boards and ethics committees.
  6. Identify the methods used to resolve conflicts of interest and avoid self-dealing.
  7. Describe current ethical issues and the challenges management face when addressing them.
  8. Identify ethical issues involved with managed care, marketing, and allocation of resources.
  9. Describe ethical responsibilities and obligations to the individual and society.

Grades for this course will be based upon three grading groups: Forums, Assignments, and Quizzes/Exams.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 200 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 100 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
  • Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
  • Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Weekly Assignments:

Each week (except Week 4 and Week 8), you will have an assignment. You will upload the weekly assignment to the proper tab under the Assignment tab as an attachment. Turnitin will automatically create a report by using the assignment’s link. No additional steps are necessary for Turnitin.

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

Midterm and Final Exams:

Week 4 and Week 8, you will have exams. The exams are made up of short answer questions. This is an open book, unlimited time exam and you will have access to the exam for the designated week only. I would suggest that you write the questions offline and then post your answers when you have finished. Exams posted after the due date will not receive any credit. Note: Some questions have multiple parts, so be sure to answer each part to avoid losing points. Do not forget your in-text citations and references for each question. Questions with no in-text citations or references or in-text citations and references not in proper APA format will have points deducted. Your exam must be manually graded after the week has ended.

Exams will not be accepted after the due date. No exceptions.

Book Title: Ethics in Health Services Management, 5th ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
Author: Darr
Publication Info: Health Professions Press
ISBN: 9781932529685

Book Title:Ethics in Health Services Management, 5th ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
Publication Info:Health Professions Press
Unit Cost:$70.09
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.