Campus-Wide Ethics Program

How do the ethical principles that guide a surgeon’s practice differ
from those of a public health analyst?

What are the ethical issues a nursing student will study that a student
in biomedical informatics will not?

Health care providers of the future will increasingly work as teams of caregivers, yet each field, such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, and public health, has developed its own ethics program.

To address this need for a cooperative understanding of ethics across health care specialties, UTHealth launched a Campus-Wide Ethics Program in 2009—the first of its kind in the nation.

Through its six professional schools, UTHealth is uniquely positioned to demonstrate how caregiving teams from different disciplines can address common ethical decisions.

Program Goals

  • To improve the quality and quantity of ethics in the curricula of all six schools of UTHealth, including medical, dental, nursing, public health, the graduate school, and biomedical informatics;
  • To address potential interprofessional conflicts before they arise by teaching ethics in a consistent way across all health care specialties to students and faculty;
  • To train all health care professions to work together as a cooperative team, whether in a private office, research center, or hospital setting; and
  • To adopt innovative teaching practices to enable students across the health professions to read and reflect upon the same cases and share ideas.

Key activities include:

  • Faculty development through seminars and case study evaluation, and
  • Development of online ethics coursework, allowing students from all disciplines to address ethical issues as a team.