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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bioethics, MA

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This program of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the School of Arts and Sciences allows students to combine study in ethical theory, philosophy and history of medicine, cultural studies, health law, public health, and social sciences. It is designed for clinicians, lawyers, and students with background in the humanities and social sciences, emphasizes the philosophical foundation of bioethics and offers opportunities for clinical experience and in-depth research. Students may complete coursework, including clinical practica, in one calendar year. A thesis is required. Join JD/MA and MD/MA programs are available.


For this MA, students must earn 30 hours of credit with a B average or better. All MA students are required to complete three core courses: Philosophy of Medicine (BIOETH 2658 ), Theoretical Foundations of Applied Ethics (BIOETH 2661 ), and Bioethics (BIOETH 2664 ), as well as a 3-credit restricted elective designed to provide a particular disciplinary perspective on bioethical issues, two 3-credit clinical practica, and 6-12 credits of electives offered in bioethics or in complementary fields such as anthropology, cultural sciences, disabilities studies, history and philosophy of science, law, philosophy, public health, sociology, and women’s studies. A thesis, written under the direction of program faculty, is required to ensure in-depth understanding of a topic in bioethics and strong research skills.

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