Ethics and Decision-Making

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The main aim of the course will be: 1) Promoting knowledge and understanding of the critical ethical issues in the field of biomedicine, in particular biomedical-omics; 2) Promoting knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations underlying decision-making in uncertain and risky contests; 3) Promoting the knowledge and understanding of the iterative reasoning that can affect information processing; Promoting the knowledge and understanding of communication processes, between healthcare professionals and patients, in the field of biomedicine, in particular biomedical-omics, to booster shared-decision-making.
Expected learning outcomes
"At the end of the course, the students will have learned: i) Reconize and address the critical ethical issues related to the biomedical-omics both in clinical and research settings; ii) Understanding the psycho-cognitive, and contextual mechanisms underlying the decision-making; iii) Recognizing the cognitive distortions that can influence decision-making in the health domain;
iii) Knowing the theoretical foundations of doctor-patient communication and iterative reasoning; iv) Applying evidence-based communication strategies to achieve a shared-decision."
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
1. Foundations in Ethics: Theory and Principles
2. Ethical Implications for Health Care
3. Ethics in research
4. The Decision Making Process
5. Risk perception, information processing and use of omics information in health care decisions
6. Individual and social factors in ethical decisions; individual choice vs shared decision making
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required.
Teaching methods
Lectures will be accompanied by practical, group work and time for reflection and collective discussion.
Teaching Resources
Learning material will be provided at the beginning of the course
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam
M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours