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 or Medical Humanities 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 (or both) as their culminating learning experience. 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 600||Scholarly Reading and Writing||3|
|MHE 604||Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care||3|
|MHE 605||Philosophical Bioethics||3|
|MHE 606||Theories of Justice||3|
|or MHE 609||Capstone|
|MHE 610||Introduction to Bioethics||3|
|Electives: Choose five courses from the following:||15|
|Law and Health Care Ethics|
|Practical Ethics in Health Care Settings|
|Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care|
|Rescue and Transplantation: Manifestations of Scarcity and Power in U.S. Health Care|
|Public Health Ethics|
|Oral Health Care at the Intersection of Professional and Business Ethics|
Students may choose one of either MHE 608 Practicum or MHE 609 Capstone as an elective in addition to using the other to satisfy the required course.