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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jul 23, 2024
 
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Arts in Bioethics


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This interdisciplinary MA program allows students to explore ethical issues in healthcare, public health, and health-related research. Students tailor their course of study to their particular interests and take electives at the intersection of bioethics and cultural and gender studies, history, law, philosophy, public health, religious studies, and the social sciences. Designed for students with background in the humanities or the health or social sciences, as well as clinicians and lawyers, the program emphasizes the philosophical foundation of bioethics and healthcare, and offers opportunities for clinical experience and in-depth research. Students may complete coursework, including clinical practica, in one calendar year. Joint JD/MA and MD/MA programs are available.

Requirements


The program requires three core courses-BIOETH 2664 - BIOETHICS  , BIOETH 2661 - THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS  , and BIOETH 2658 - PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE  -and two clinical practica in which students observe and analyze ethical concerns arising in clinical settings. For the balance of the program, students tailor their course of study through selection of electives and development of their Master’s thesis project, which enables them to pursue their own research while working closely with a faculty advisor and committee members. Students must earn 30 hours of credit with a B average or better. For additional information, consult http://bioethics.pitt.edu/academic-programs.

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