Creighton Professor Explores Bioethics for the 21st Century in Updated Book

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Beth Furlong, PhD, JD, RN, associate professor at Creighton University’s Center for Health Care Ethics (CHPE), is the co-editor of and a contributor to the third edition of the book Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century.

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Health care is always changing,” said Furlong. “In the new edition, we provide an up-to-date framework for addressing increasingly difficult questions.

Beth Furlong, PhD, JD, RN, associate professor at Creighton University’s Center for Health Care Ethics (CHPE), is the co-editor of and a contributor to the third edition of the book Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century. Aimed at students in the health sciences, the book takes a new look at ethical concepts, theories and issues facing health care today with new chapters and new authors.

Among the new chapters is one by Professor Furlong, titled “Health Care Reform: What About Those Left Behind?”, in which she discusses the vulnerable populations who will still not be covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In addition, she and the book’s co-editor, Eileen Morrison, EdD, MPH, LPC, CHES, co-wrote the chapter “Looking Toward the Future,” exploring and anticipating various issues, trends and concerns the health care ethics field will face in the coming years. Professor Morrison, an adjunct faculty in the MHE program, was the editor of and a contributor to the first two editions of this book. Richard O’Brien, MD, Professor Emeritus at the CHPE, is another contributing author.

“Health care is always changing,” said Furlong. “In the new edition, we provide an up-to-date framework for addressing increasingly difficult questions.”

Furlong teaches in Creighton’s Master of Science and Certificate in Health Care Ethics programs. At the invitation of the Open Society Foundation and the Albert Schweitzer Institute, she taught Ethics with health professionals in the Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Lithuania. In 2006, she taught Community Health Nursing and Health Policy in two universities in Hungary as a Fulbright Fellow. She also participates in many community, civic, professional and policy organizations, is a former Peace Corps volunteer in South India and has participated in Jesuit Immersion trips in the Dominican Republic and northeast India.

She is currently a team member of a pilot study that is exploring the experiences of African-American survivors of breast cancer with regard to treatment options, symptom management and participation in clinical trials. The purpose of the study is to address how to decrease African-American women’s breast cancer disparities and their needs after diagnosis, with a focus on options for best health care.

Furlong’s research, scholarship and experiences contribute to the meaningful teaching and student learning experiences in the Master of Science and Certificate programs in Health Care Ethics at Creighton. Housed within the CHPE, the programs incorporate Jesuit values, including an emphasis on social justice and human rights, with a special focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations. Students in the programs gain the background and practical skills to be confident in facing ethical dilemmas and to explain their decisions and thought processes to coworkers, peers, patients and patients’ families.

The Master of Science in Health Care Ethics offers an accelerated track that takes just 18 months to complete. The Graduate Certificate is a 13-credit-hour customizable program that can be completed in less than a year. Graduates may go on to serve on institutional ethics committees or use their newfound knowledge in their jobs in health care or allied fields.

To learn more about the Master of Science or Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics offered online at Creighton, go to online.creighton.edu or call 866.717.6365.

About Creighton University:
Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,100 undergraduate and 3,200 professional school and graduate students. Nationally recognized for providing a balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines, providing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs that emphasize educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.creighton.edu.

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