Bioethics - M.S.

The Master of Science in Bioethics is a 33 credit-hour program that is offered fully online (no residency requirement) and includes 18 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives from the Bioethics curriculum. Since the program targets working professionals, most students will be enrolled part-time, usually taking only six credits per semester in either an 8-week or 16-week format. Students who take six credits per semester and three credits in the summer will complete the program in about two years. Full-time graduate students can finish the degree in 12-18 months.

Near the end of their coursework, students may choose to take either MHE 608 Practicum or MHE 609 Capstone as their culminating learning experience (or both). Practicum students work with a site to design a project to analyze a particular group, population, policy, or structure that raises significant concerns about vulnerability and develop a plan for responding to the identified ethical issue or problem in a constructive manner. Students who choose the capstone course integrate insights gained and competencies acquired throughout the program into a scholarly paper.

M.S., Bioethics requirements 33 credits

MHE 610Introduction to Bioethics3
MHE 600Scholarly Reading and Writing3
MHE 604Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care3
MHE 605Philosophical Bioethics3
MHE 606Theories of Justice3
MHE 608Practicum3
or MHE 609 Capstone
Choose five courses (15 credits) from the following:15
Health Policy
Research Ethics
Law and Health Care Ethics
Practical Ethics in Health Care Settings
Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care
Patient-Centered Consultation
Rescue and Transplantation: Manifestations of Scarcity and Power in U.S. Health Care
Public Health Ethics
Catholic Bioethics
Oral Health Care at the Intersection of Professional and Business Ethics
Students may take up to six credits outside of the MHE curriculum with special approval from the Program Director.
Total Credits33