Courses in the Bioethics Program are taught by internationally recognized experts in bioethics. Online courses are complemented by an onsite proseminar, practicum and capstone.
The Bioethics Program’s curriculum is designed around six key components:
- A one-week, on-site introductory proseminar that introduces students to a broad range of topics in bioethics;
- Online history and theory courses that cover the basics of biomedical ethics, clinical ethics, research ethics, bioethics and healthcare policy, and law;
- Elective courses that allow students to pursue areas of interest beyond the core concepts in bioethics;
- Competency-based online and on-site practica which give students hands-on experience in the analytical, communication, mediation, organizational, political and moral reasoning skills required of working bioethicists;
- Personalized master’s projects in which students work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor to explore a bioethical topic of interest in greater depth; and
- An on-site Capstone assessment in which faculty evaluate student mastery of the knowledge and skills learned.
In addition to these six components, students are also offered individualized mentoring by faculty and alumni throughout the enrollment in the program. Optional on-site residency or internship opportunities in clinical ethics, research ethics and bioethics policy are also available for students who want additional hands-on experience and training.