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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 12, 2024
 
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bioethics, MA


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This program of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences allows students to combine study in the humanities - especially, ethical theory, philosophy and history of medicine, and communication and rhetoric - gender and cultural studies, health law, public health, and social sciences.  Designed for students with background in the humanities and social sciences, as well as clinicians and lawyers, the program 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. Joint JD/MA and MD/MA programs are available.

Requirements


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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