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Bioethics – Faculty of Dentistry

Bioethics Course Syllabus

(Faculty of Dentistry, 4th Year)

(28 hours)

Academic Year 2020/2021, 1st Semester


Course Objectives

  • To enable students to recognize ethical issues when arising in everyday clinical practice and research;
  • To provide students with a conceptual-logical system that provides them with assistance in addressing ethical questions and resolving ethical dilemmas in an efficient manner;
  • To introduce students to a body of knowledge that helps them to understand, respect and protect the rights of patients, research subjects and fellow health care professionals;
  • To assist future health care professionals in understanding the respective responsibilities of the individual, the health care system and the entire society regarding the protection and preservation of human health.




Schedule: Thursdays from 16:15 hours to 17:45 hours (4:15 PM to 5:45 PM)

Venue: “Árkövy” Lecture Hall (Ground Floor, 1088 Budapest, Szentkirályi u. 47.)


Week 1: 10th September 2020

The Principles of Medical Ethics (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 2: 17th September 2020

Competence and Capacity to Make Health Care Decisions (Orsolya Marta Peter)


Week 3: 24th September 2020

Informed Consent I. (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 4: 1st October 2020

Informed Consent II. (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 5: 8 October 2020

Information Disclosure to Terminally Ill Patients. Telling the Truth to Patients (Orsolya Marta Peter)


Week 6: 15th October 2020

End-of-Life Issues (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 7: 22nd October 2020

Reproductive Issues (Orsolya Marta Peter)


Week 8: 29th October 2020

Organ and Tissue Transplantation (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 9: 5th November 2020

Doctor and Society (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 10: 12th November 2020

Doctor-Patient, Doctor-Doctor Relationship (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 11: 19th November 2020

Ethical Questions of Human Research (Jozsef Kovacs)


Week 12: 26th November 2020

Malpractice (Orsolya Marta Peter)


Week 13: 3rd December 2020

Confidentiality and Medical Records. Reportable Illnesses, HIV-Related Issues, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) (Orsolya Marta Peter)


Week 14: 10th December 2020)

The Rights of Patients (Orsolya Marta Peter)


Course Faculty:

Jozsef Kovacs, MD, PhD, Head of the Department of Bioethics, 210-2953; e-mail: (Room 2003)

Ágnes Dósa, MD, JD, PhD; e-mail: (Tel: +36-30-9-912-462)

Imre Szebik, MD, PhD; e-mail: (Room 1914) (Tel: +36-20-824-3195)

Jenő Lőrincz, MD, JD; e-mail:  (Room 2007)  (Tel: +36-30-749-4768)

Ágnes Zana, PhD; e-mail: (Room 2008) (Tel: +36-30-53-01-647)

Orsolya Márta Péter, JD, PhD; e-mail: (Room 2012) (Tel: +36-30-906-5787)



Institute of Behavioural Sciences

Department of Bioethics

NET Building, Floors 19 and 20

  1. Budapest, Nagyvárad tér 4.

Phone: 210-2953


Secretary: Csilla Motyovszki, e-mail:

Phone: 210-2930/56114,

NET Building, Floor 20, Room 2015


Course attendance statistics can be found in the “NEPTUN” system in the following way:

Taken courses — Options — Course details — Attendance statistics.



List of Examination Questions



  1. The principles of medical ethics
  2. Competence and the capacity to make decisions
  3. Paternalism in medical practice
  4. Informed consent
  5. Information disclosure for terminally ill patients
  6. Withholding and withdrawal of medical treatment
  7. Advance directives
  8. “Do not resuscitate” (DNR) orders
  9. Withholding fluids and nutrition in terminally ill patients
  10. Physician assisted suicide
  11. Active and passive euthanasia
  12. Terminal sedation and the law of double effect
  13. Futile medical care
  14. Determination of death and brain death
  15. Ethical problems of live organ donation
  16. Organ donation from brain-dead donors: the system of donor cards
  17. Organ donation form brain-dead donors: presumed consent
  18. Reproductive issues (abortion, contraception, sterilization, donation of sperm and eggs)
  19. HIV related issues (confidentiality, partner notification, HIV-positive health-care workers, refusal to treat HIV-positive patients) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  20. Malpractice
  21. Doctor-patient relationship (beginning and ending the relationship, gifts from patients, doctor/patient sexual contact)
  22. Doctor and society (child abuse, elder abuse, impaired drivers, physician participation in executions, torture, spousal abuse, gunshot wounds, gifts and industry funding)
  23. Doctor-doctor relationship (reporting impaired physicians, physician disagreements)
  24. Confidentiality and medical records
  25. Ethical questions of human research



Conrad Fischer—Caterina Oneto (2016): Medical Ethics for the Boards.  (Third edition) New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

ISBN: 978-1-259-64121-3

MHID 1-25-964121-X


The textbook can be ordered in the following bookshop: Medicina könyvesbolt, Budapest, IX. Üllői út 91/a (tel: 06-1-215-3786)


Lecture slides: The power point slides of the lectures can be found at:

and also in the Moodle distance learning system:


The slides on the home page of the Institute can be accessed by using a password.


A thorough knowledge of the textbook is the absolute minimum for successfully sitting the exam, although solely the book might not be enough to pass.

Given that the power point slides contain only the outline of each lecture, attendance at the lectures is indispensable for a full understanding of the subject.