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Short course in Medical Ethics

30 Ethical Points Only R 2 500.00 (incl VAT)


Some ethical problems might be straightforward, but many are complex and may involve analysis and a re-evaluation of one’s value system and moral foundation. As the healthcare industry evolves due to global driving forces, the doctor will increasingly be challenged in making business decisions without compromising professional ethics. This course is intended to provide participants with an appreciation of the need for continual reflection on the ethical dimension of medicine and how to deal with everyday ethical issues in their practices.

This course will equip you with a way to evaluate honesty, transparency and respect for the patient within the clinician’s own conscience and moral principles. It will provide you with the necessary tools to navigate ethical quandaries in patient care effectively.

Who Should Enroll

General practitioners and healthcare providers.

Course Design

This is an online course. Participants have 3 months from date of registration to complete the assessment component.

Course Content

Module 1: Professional ethics in the healthcare environment

  • Introduction to ethics
  • Health ethics principles, ethical theories and approaches
  • Ethical decision making
  • Ethics, committees and peer review mechanisms
Module 2: SA Legal System, Health Law and Human Rights
  • Legislation and policy
  • Bodies dealing with legislation
  • Policies and governance
  • Relationship between ethics, law and human rights
Module 3: Relationships in the healthcare environment
  • Healthcare professionals and patients
  • Informed consent
  • Confidentiality and data
    • Practitioners and social media
    • Practitioners and telemedicine
    • Third party requests
    • Insurers
    • Medical schemes
    • Research
  • Healthcare professionals, their colleagues and allied healthcare professionals
    • Hierarchy and the changing relations in healthcare provision
    • Ethical rules between healthcare professionals
    • Employment and locum
    • Supersession and itinerant practices
    • Scope of practice and referrals
    • Communications with colleagues
    • Practitioners with other qualifications or interests
    • Impairments


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire for which a pass mark of 70% is required.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 Ethical CEU’s on level 2.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should complete the self-study component and successfully pass the assessment.

Course Fee

R2 500.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable)


Tel: 012 816 9000 | Fax: 086 550 3692
Email: healthscience@foundation.co.za

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