Professional Certificate Course in International Healthcare Ethics


Course Code: PCC – IHE 707




Healthcare as a profession has inherent underlying and sometimes inadequately examined ethical assumptions and questions related to what is “the good”.  Ethical principles of Westerners are taught as centered on autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice.  In the diverse international context, Western notions are sometimes not assumed. In this course learners will first focus on Western ethical principles and then broaden the perspective looking at some international contexts.  Issues surrounding consent, confidentiality, use of limited resources, public good versus individual freedom, and healthcare in the context of contrasting economic models will be examined. Course graduates will gain an understanding of the breadth of cultural complexity from which ethical decision-making occurs in an international context.


This is a comprehensive course is built around the required textbook, Principles of Biomedical Ethics – Beauchamp and Childress, 8th edition, available on Academic credit earned is 2 credit hours. Sample the INMED learning experience with this 15-minute Free Demo Online Course.


Competency Objectives


At the completion of the Professional Certificate Course in International Healthcare Ethics, learners will be able to demonstrate using case-studies, reflective writing, and simulation:



Time Frames


This Professional Certificate Course includes 8 weeks of structured learning, assignments which are due each Sunday night, online meetings with course faculty, and a scheduled virtual-classroom final exam. Please view the Course Syllabus.


Course Faculty


Scott Armistead, MD, DIMPH