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Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

Course Overview

The Introduction to Bioethics course is a platform for learners to gain knowledge about the moral challenges faced in the fields of health, medicine and biotechnology. edX together with Georgetown University has come up with this opportunity for keen learners. The framework of the Introduction to Bioethics certification course has been built to introduce the participants to the various concepts that define bioethics along with its core concepts and skills. Participants will understand the fundamental moral issues that arise in health, medicine, and biotechnology. Some of the issues such as the vulnerability of illness and the fact of death are as old as life itself while some are new. 

We are facing many challenges due to the growth of modern technology which seems to have unsettled our basic ideology about human nature and our place in the world. The majority of the issues intersect with the issues of gender and racial equality and policies influencing the world's most vulnerable populations. Undergraduates, policymakers, health care professionals, and anyone interested in learning about philosophy or ethics should pursue this Introduction to Bioethics training course. The candidates can pursue this programme in two tracks, namely, paid and free. In the paid track also known as verified track, candidates will be given unlimited access to the course and a certificate of completion but in the free version, they will be provided access to the course materials only for a limited period.

The Highlights

  • Online learning 
  • Self-paced course
  • Free limited audit access
  • 16 weeks of learning
  • 3-5 hours of weekly learning
  • Introductory course
  • Course certificate by edX and Georgetown University
  • Shareable certificate
  • Course instructors from Georgetown University and Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Programme Offerings

  • video transcript
  • Virtual labs

Courses and Certificate Fees

Fees InformationsCertificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
INR 4069yesGU Washington

Introduction to Bioethics certification fee details are the following:

  • Course access is being provided free of cost to all candidates. 
  • To get a course certificate, candidates have o pay a fee amount of Rs. 4,069 /- and upgrade the plan. 

Fee details for Introduction to Bioethics course



Course access


Certification fee amount

Rs 4,069 /-

Eligibility Criteria

Certification Qualifying Details

Participants of the Introduction to Bioethics certification by edX will be given the course certificate after they make the fee payment of the certificate and complete it. 

What you will learn

As the Introduction to Bioethics certification syllabus nears its end, participants will have knowledge about a series of topics:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts in bioethics debates.
  • Learn about the concepts of well-being, autonomy, and justice.
  • Acknowledge scientific literacy relevant to topics such as genetic enhancement, abortion, and euthanasia.
  • Grasp the key concepts of bioethics such as informed consent and medical futility.
  • Learn to engage in respectful conversations with people on polarizing issues.
  • Grasp the moral challenges faced in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and health.

Who it is for

This course is ideal for candidates such as:

  • Undergraduates 
  • Health care professionals like DoctorsNurses, and Health Inspectors
  • Policy makers 
  • Anyone interested in learning about philosophy or ethics

Admission Details

Interested candidates should follow the given steps to enrol for the Introduction to Bioethics classes course:

Step 1: Candidates have to click on this URL to enrol for the course

Step 2: Click the enrol button available on the website.

Step 3: Create an edX account to complete the enrolment process.

Step 4: Once the account has been created, candidates will be given audit access to the course material.

Step 5: As the course is not active right now, candidates can have audit access only to the course, for course certificate they will have to enrol in a future session.

The Syllabus

  • Welcome!
  • Overview of the Course

  • Overview
  • Historical Overview
  • Autonomy and Medical Paternalism
  • Informed Consent
  • Truth Telling
  • Refusal of Life-saving Treatment
  • Parental Autonomy
  • Unit 1 Quiz
  • Unit 1 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • Autonomy Rights
  • Obligations and Autonomy of Providers
  • Conscientious Objection
  • Complicity
  • Institutions and Complicity
  • Unit 2 Quiz
  • Unit 2 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • Two Models of Disability
  • Genetic Testing and the Paradox of Harm
  • Critiques of Routine Prenatal Testing
  • Creating a Deaf Child
  • Unit 3 Quiz
  • Unit 3 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • The Concept of Biomedical Enhancement
  • Enhancement and the Ends of Medicine
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • Radical Enhancement and the Human Good
  • Altering the Human Genome
  • Unit 4 Quiz
  • Unit 4 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • What Is a Parent?
  • Is There a Right to Be a Parent?
  • Gamete Donation
  • Reproduction, Markets, & Commodification
  • Surrogacy & Exploitation
  • Unit 5 Quiz
  • Unit 5 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • The Concept of Moral Status
  • Restrictive Views of Abortion
  • Permissive Views of Abortion
  • Unit 6 Quiz
  • Unit 6 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • Ending Life Support for Others: An Overview
  • The Definition of Death
  • Ending Life-Support
  • Surrogate Decision-Making
  • Futility
  • Unit 7 Quiz
  • Unit 7 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • The Euthanasia Debate: Overview and Definitions
  • Three Approaches to the Value of Human Life
  • The Argument from Autonomy
  • The Argument from Beneficence
  • The Argument from Hypocrisy
  • Slippery Slope Arguments
  • Unit 8 Quiz
  • Unit 8 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • Climate Change as a Moral Issue
  • Costs and Options
  • Models of Moral Responsibility
  • Climate Change and Human Rights
  • What Can Individuals Do?
  • Unit 9 Quiz
  • Unit 9 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited

  • Overview
  • Medical Tourism
  • International Research
  • What is Exploitation?
  • Feeding the World in 2050
  • Fairness & Concentration of Market Power
  • Unit 10 Quiz
  • Unit 10 Additional Resources
  • Works Cited


GU Washington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1: Who are the institutional partners of edX?

Institutions such as Harvard University, Boston University, University of Queensland, University of British Columbia, brown university, Arizona state university, and various others have partnered with edX.

2: Can I appear for my exam through the application?

Participants cannot appear for their timed exams or proctored exams using the edX application. They have to give their exams through the website.

3: When will the class be conducted?

There is no definite time to view the course. The course lectures are pre-recorded and available 24/7 so that the participants can access course material anytime.

4: Can I retake Introduction to Bioethics online course?

If the participants do not pass a course, they can retake the course by enrolling again for the course. They will have to pay the certificate fee again.

5: Is there a demo session?

Yes, before enrolling for the course candidates can try the demo session wherein they can explore the interactive learning environment and virtual labs given by edX.

6: Can I mail my documents for ID verification?

The support team of edX shall not accept any pictures mailed to them for ID verification as they will not be able to see the photos and they cannot complete the process manually. 

7: When can I get a refund?

Refunds shall be given to the participants if they un-enroll themselves from the course within 14 days from the purchase date or after the course starts.

8: What if the ID verification expires?

Identity verification done by the participants is valid for a period of one year. After it expires, participants can resubmit their photos.

9: Will I get a hard copy of the certificates?

EdX does not provide a hard copy of the certificates. Certificates are provided online through The link to the certification is given on the dashboard.

10: When will I get the receipt for fee payment for the Introduction to Bioethics online course?

A confirmation email will be sent to the participants after payment. It shall provide their billing details. Payment confirmation can be viewed in the account settings as well.


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