Ethics in educational programmes

Ethical dilemmas and value conflicts arise every day, in every workplace. Uppsala University is providing skills for future professionals by integrating ethics into the syllabus for several education programmes.

Integrating ethics education

Ethical and legal aspects have been an integrated part of the training for medical doctors, nurses and midwives. However ethical issues arise in other parts of health care, in schools and in the use and development of technology. We are responsible for the ethics training in several programmes at Uppsala University.

Undergraduate programmes

Medical doctor's programme

The medical doctor's programme provides students with tools for ethical analysis, training on ethical theories, and professional and ethical responsibility. Students learn to manage ethical dilemmas in relation to infectious diseases, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, organ donation, emergency care, child and adolescent psychiatry, euthanasia, impaired decision-making competency, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and priority-setting in health care.

Engineering programme in molecular biotechnology

The engineering programme in molecular biotechnology provides knowledge on how biological systems and analysis of biological data can be used to develop new products, like medicines, foods and fuels. Students also learn about engineering ethics, ethics of technology and risk, environmental ethics, and how to perform ethical analysis.

Teacher education in natural sciences and biology

The teacher's training for natural sciences and biology provides the required training to teach specific subjects, but also tools to handle the ethical dilemmas and value conflicts that arise in chemistry, physics and biology. The training covers research ethics, environmental ethics, and risk ethics.

Teaching for graduate students

Master's programme in public health

The master's programme in public health provides a broad base of knowledge in prevention, life-style related health problems, epidemiology, health care management, health promotion, management and ethics. The programme also covers public health ethics, normative ethics, ethical analysis, global justice, priority-setting, gender in public health, environmental public health ethics, health promotion, risk ethics and vaccination ethics. The course on public health ethics is also available as an electable 'freestanding' course.

Master's programme in infection biology

The master's programme in infection biology provides knowledge about how viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi evolve, spread and interact, from the molecular to the global level. The students receive training that can contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections, and how to monitor and stop local and global epidemics. The programme also covers vaccination ethics.

Master's Programmes in forensic science, molecular medicine, precision medicine and innovative medicine

Master students in forensic science, molecular medicine, precision medicine and innovative medicine programmes take a joint course in medical genetics, that covers both research ethics and risk ethics.