Graduate Certificate in Bioethics


About the Program

The graduate certificate is designed to provide you with a solid introduction to the philosophical, clinical and legal foundations of medical ethics. The program will enrich the clinical practice of healthcare professionals and provide a foundation for more advanced study of bioethics for professionals in any discipline. You will learn from and work closely with physicians, chaplains, nurses and professors with a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of bioethics. Those who complete the program will be well prepared to be integral members of hospital ethics committees and serve as organizational thought leaders on matters of bioethics and healthcare policy. The certificate will be completed concurrently with your current degree program.

This certificate will offer an understanding of bioethics with elements of cultural competency and critical thinking. All students take a common course in bioethics. Students will have the opportunity to choose to investigate two further issues of gender, religion, cultural competency, medical and health humanities, or pastoral care with a choice of elective courses. A capstone experience will demonstrate what they have learned, and will augment one of their final courses.  

This certificate targets the needs of healthcare students and professionals – medicine, nursing, dentistry, social work, pastoral care, allied health sciences, occupational therapy, kinesiology, and physician assistants among others. This certificate will be of interest to students planning to be physicians, work in pastoral care, social work, or enter the professions of psychiatric or psychological counseling of grieving or stressed patients and families.