The Bioethics distance learning courses engage middle and high school students in the study of today's most prevalent issues in bioethics. The courses encompass clinical ethics, public health ethics, research ethics, environmental ethics, and pharmacy ethics. They also include discussions of current events or popular media depiction of the day’s topic.
Students read assigned articles on the topic before each course, then actively listen to a real-time lecture and engage in collaborative discussion facilitated by Cleveland Clinic caregivers and Ambassadors for Learning™.
In order to participate in the Bioethics distance learning courses, participating schools and districts must first complete an online registration form.
Required Course Readings:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - “Pharmacy Ethics: Patient Access to Unapproved Drugs”
Collins, P. (2010). Compassionate drug use. Yale Journal of Medicine & Law, 7(1).
Retrieved from http://www.yalemedlaw.com/2010/10/compassionate-drug-use/
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - “Pharmacy Ethics: Drugs, Children, and Behavior Control”
Drury, S. S., & Gleason, M. M. (2012). A delicate brain: ethical and practical considerations for the use of medications in very young children. Psychiatric Times, 29(3). Retrieved from
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - “Research Ethics: DNA Patents”
Ryan, D. (2013). Gene patenting – the Supreme Court finally speaks. Retrieved from
Additional Required Course Readings:
“The Ethics of Clinical Research”, David Wendler
“Decision-making Capacity”, Louis Charland