Head of division

Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda

+49 (0)441 798-5824

Postal Address

Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Faculty VI Medicine and Health Services
Department of Health Services Research
Medical Ethics Division
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26129 Oldenburg

Visting Address

Campus Haarentor, Building V04
Ammerländer Heerstraße 140
26129 Oldenburg

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The division of medical ethics offers the module History, Theory and Ethics in Medicine for medical students at the university. As part of the building of the division, also the teaching curriculum is still in the trial and error phase. At the moment, the central aim of the teaching is to develop a curriculum for the model degree programme in medicine. The teaching of our division makes students aware of historical and ethical dimensions in medicine and health sciences. The aim is to introduce the students during their studies intensively into topics of medical history, ethics and medical theory. They learn the foundations and backgrounds of being a doctor in society and how to recognize, analyse and solve ethical conflicts in their practical work. Topics are for example the self-understanding of being a doctor, introductions into health systems, as well as seminars to genetics, the end of life, reproductive medicine or organ transplantation from an ethical and historical perspective.

As part of lectures and seminars the students are not only introduced to the topics of history, ethics and theory of medicine but a special focus is on the exchange and discussion of the themes with a strong connection to their later medical practice. Historical excursions help the students to understand the historical development of medicine as subject and to reflect on the social status of medicine and medical staff in society until today.

Additionally, the division is currently offering teaching in the master programme Master Engineering Socio-Technical Systems.


(Changed: 2021-04-30)