M.D./M.S. in Health Care Ethics Dual Degree Program

The Creighton University School of Medicine and the Graduate School offer a coordinated dual degree program leading to the separate conferral of both the Medical Doctor and the Master of Science in Health Care Ethics degrees. The program is structured so that students will receive credit toward the MS degree for the IDC 135 Ethical and Legal Topics in Clinical Medicine course, complete one ethics course the summer between the M1 and M2 year, and then take a full year to focus on the MSHCE degree between the M2 and M3 years. Students will complete the MS degree during the M4 year by taking the MHE 609 Capstone course, which will also fulfill two M4 elective requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MD/MS in Health Care Ethics requires acceptance into the medical degree program at Creighton University and completion of an entrance questionnaire and essay.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

Application: a completed application form.

Essay: Using 500 words or less per question, please respond to the following:

  • List three “big” questions in contemporary health care ethics then choose one of the questions to answer or write a commentary on why you think this particular issue is so important.
  • Explain how successful completion of this program will assist you in achieving your professional goals.

M.S. Program Requirements for M.D. Students

M.D./M.S. in HCE students must take the following twenty-seven (27) hours of MHE courses, plus the IDC 135 Ethical and Legal Topics in Clinical Medicine course that is taken as a standard part of the medical school curriculum:

MHE 601Health Policy3
MHE 602Research Ethics3
MHE 603Law and Health Care Ethics3
MHE 604Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care3
MHE 605Philosophical Bioethics3
MHE 606Theories of Justice3
MHE 607Practical Ethics in Health Care Settings3
MHE 608Practicum3
MHE 609Capstone3
Total Credits27

M.D./M.S. applicants will also be asked to grant the Creighton University School of Medicine permission to release the entire contents of their AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) application to the Creighton University Graduate School and the Center for Health Policy and Ethics for the purpose of application to the Master of Science in Health Care Ethics program.