Bioethics and Health Management


Learning outcomes of the curricular unit

To promote the reflection and debate on ethical issues related to the area of health management.

To identify criteria to formulate ethical judgments.

To understand the integrative and soothing role of the ethical dimension in decision making.

To analyze ethical management issues in the healthcare units (study of practical cases with ethical dilemmas; ethical codes of the various professionals involved)

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Paula Marçal Grilo Lobato Faria


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 24

Teaching language



Requirements for frequency

University Degree



Annas, G.J. Worst Case Bioethics – Death, Disaster, and Public Health, Ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010

Beauchamp, T.L., Childress, J.F. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. Oxford University Press (2009)

Mariner, W.K., Faria, P.L. (Eds.) Law and Ethics in Rationing Access to Care in a High-Cost Global Economy. Ed. ENSP-UNL e BUSPH. Lisboa, 2008

Johnston, C., Bradbury, P. 100 Cases in Clinical Ethics and Law. Oxford University Press (2008)

Faria, P. L. (Ed.) The Role of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights to Promote a Safer and Healthier World, Ed.FLAD e ENSP-UNL, Lisboa, Maio 2006.

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies (including evaluation) 

- Theoretical exposure to the basic concepts

- Case studies of ethical dilemmas linked to the reality of health management and health care

- Collaboration in class (20%)

- Individual test on the syllabus (80%)

Evaluation method

Available soon

Subject matter


Ethics, Bioethics and Biolaw - basic concepts

Business Ethics - historical overview

Business Ethics - Social Responsibility

Bioethical challenges in healthcare systems

Ethical dilemmas in health care - case studies

Business ethics and professional codes- content and conflicts