Our primary teaching commitment is to College of Human Medicine medical students at Michigan State University. Additionally, we also teach nursing and veterinary students, graduate students, medical residents, and undergraduates. In all of our teaching, from one hour lectures to semester-long courses, in developing curricula to conducting workshops, we collaborate with faculty in the colleges we serve. In our teaching, as in all our work, we emphasize the ways in which theory and practice illumine one another.

Additional information about recent teaching commitments is available on the MSU Bioethics Blog.

What We Teach

MSU-circle-with-arrow-iconCourses, Lectures, and Small Groups

College of Human Medicine (Legacy Curriculum - final entering class Fall Semester 2015)
HM 511: Infectious Disease
HM 546-1: Social Context of Clinical Decisions Ethics
HM 547-1: Social Context of Clinical Decisions Health Policy
HM 547-2: Social Context of Clinical Decisions Integrative
HM 548: Medical Humanities
HM 572: Integrative Clinical Correlations II: Shared Decision Making
HM 491/591: Medical Ethics and Health Policy in London Summer Study Abroad Program
HM 635-637: Revised Core Competencies Sessions: Virtuous Physician

College of Veterinary Medicine
VM 513: Ethical and Animal Welfare Issues in the Veterinary Profession: Small Group

College of Arts and Letters
PHL 870: Seminar in Philosophy of Health Care

College of Social Science
ANP 370: Culture, Health and Illness
ANP 834: Medical Anthropology: Overview
ANP 835: Topics in Medical Anthropology

Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
UGS 101: Freshman Seminar: Ethics, Genetics and Public Policy

Research Clerkship and Mentoring
HM 691: Research Clerkship – Men’s Health and Masculinity: Implications for Colorectal Cancer Screening

MSU-circle-with-arrow-iconGuest Lectures

  • Advanced Baccalaureate Learning Experience (ABLE) – The History Behind Development of U.S. Institutional Review Boards
  • ANP 270, Women and Health  The Puzzle of Birth Management: Why do we do what we do?
  • College of Human Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship – Reproductive Ethics
  • HM 590 Section 306, Women’s Reproductive Health Elective – Evidence-based Medicine, Shared Decision-making and the Puzzle of Birth Management
  • OB/GYN Resident Basic Science Lecture – Autonomy’s Child: Exploring the Bounded Warp and Woof of Obstetrics’ Shared Decision-making
  • PHL 344, Ethical Issues in Health Care – Is it ethically permissible to do Pre-Natal Genetic Modification?
  • Psychiatry Resident Seminars:
    • Deep Brain Stimulation for Psychiatric Illness: A neuroethical perspective
    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What We Can Learn from the History of Diagnosing Deviance
    • The Ethics of Deciding What Gets Paid For: Allocation Issues
    • The Psychiatrist as a Double Agent: Involuntary treatment
    • Psychiatry, Ethics, and Behavioral Genetics: When and For Whom is Genetic Testing Appropriate for Behavioral Disorders
    • Shared Decision-Making in Mental Health Care: What is the Evidence?
    • The Ethics of Calling Someone Sick: Issues in Diagnosis
  • Social Science Scholars Program:
    • Just Caring: Health Care Rationing and the Role of Democratic Deliberation
    • Evidence-based Medicine: Gift Horse AND Trojan Horse
    • Futile Care at the End of Life
  • Sparrow Internal Medicine Residents session – End-of-Life Care: Some Preventive Approaches to These Ethical Challenges
  • Sparrow Diversity and Inclusion Department panel: Colored, sick and immortal: How the narrative of Henrietta Lacks can teach us about cultural competence in medicine

MSU-circle-with-arrow-iconShared Discovery Curriculum - Beginning Fall Semester 2016

Center faculty are deeply involved in developing and implementing the Shared Discovery Curriculum in the College of Human Medicine.

Our Mission: The Shared Discovery Curriculum will nurture, educate and graduate students who are ready, willing and able to be exemplary new residents and practicing physicians.
Our Vision: We will complete our mission by putting the patient at the center of the educational enterprise, focusing on the following Shared Discovery strategies:
- Early and ongoing clinical experience for students
- Integrated basic and clinical sciences throughout the curriculum
- Collaborative learning for faculty and students
- Flexible programming
- Alignment of evaluations with curricular content and real-world performance
- Assuring competence and striving for excellence

To learn more about Shared Discovery Curriculum foundations and components, please visit curriculum.chm.msu.edu.

MSU-circle-with-arrow-iconHonors College Professorial Assistants

Michigan State University Honors College freshmen have the opportunity to be Professorial Assistants (PAs). PAs work regularly with teaching faculty on tasks related directly to research or teaching. Read about the Center’s most recent group of PAs.

MSU-circle-with-arrow-iconDissertation and Thesis Committees

Center faculty members frequently sit on dissertation committees for PhD candidates in the Department of Philosophy.