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The University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Coursera consortium of universities, all aiming to make world-class educational opportunities within the reach of anyone, anywhere.   The Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy produces several courses for Coursera, all of which are free of charge and open to the public.

Neuroethics (Jonathan Moreno, Next date TBA)

This course will examine the ethical, legal and social issues raised by neuroscience. Topics will include the implications of new knowledge of the brain for our understanding of selfhood, for the meaning of privacy, for the distinction between therapy and enhancement, and for national security.

Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act (Ezekiel Emanuel, Next Date TBA)

In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was enacted, which dramatically restructures the American health care system.  This course will explore the history and structure of the current American health care system, including the history of and problems with employment-based health insurance, the challenges surrounding access, cost and quality, and the medical malpractice conundrum.  The course will then explore the history of health care reform and the challenges that were overcome to achieve health reform in America.  Finally, we will discuss the specific ways that the ACA improves access and quality, and will control costs. 

Rationing and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources (Ezekiel Emanuel, Next Date TBA)

This course will explore the complex challenges of allocating scare medical resources at both the micro and macro level. Students will learn the theories behind allocation and use modern examples to explore how society makes the difficult decisions that arise when there is not enough to go around.