Curriculum

Spring 2011 Courses

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Bioethics will require a total of 30 credits – 18 credits of required bioethics courses and 12 credits of elective courses.
Required courses:
Foundations I (4 credits)
Foundations II (3 credits)
Foundations III (3 credits)
Bioethics Seminar (1 credit, taken twice)
Bioethics Practicum (3 credits)
Capstone (3 credits)

Elective Courses
12 credits chosen from any of the pre-approved courses listed at the end of this document, or a course of the student’s choosing, with permission from the student’s faculty advisor and Director of Masters Program.

Bioethics Practicum
Students will identify a potential area of interest in bioethics for the purposes of participating in an on-site, supervised practicum experience. Examples of possible practicum sites include working with a local ethics committee, an Institutional Review Board, in the hospital with a sub-specialty, at the state legislature, the CDC, etc. Students will work with and be mentored by field site supervisors, bioethicists working in the field, and faculty of the Masters of Bioethics Program.

Students should identify a potential area of interest to his/her faculty advisor as soon as possible after starting the program so that the advisor can discuss with the student the possible opportunities in the student’s area of interest. It is hoped, although not required, that the practicum experience will be related to and/or directly inform the student’s capstone project.

**No later than mid-way through the semester PRIOR to enrolling in the practicum should the student have identified his/her main interest so that an appropriate practicum site/supervisor can be arranged. **
For more details about the practicum, please see “Practicum Guidelines.”

Capstone Project
The MA in bioethics will culminate in a capstone project. The project will be individually determined by the student and his/her faculty advisor. Ideally, the project will develop from/be integrally related to the practicum experience. Regardless, the project must demonstrate an integration of concepts learned throughout the MA program, and will reflect the student’s mastery of a bioethical issue.
The format of the project is likely to vary depending on student interest and the area studied, and may take the form of a traditional thesis, a publishable-quality manuscript suitable for peer review, a legislative proposal, etc.
For more details about the capstone project, please see “Capstone Project.”

Pre-Approved Elective Courses:
BIOETH 505 (3 credits): Special Topics in Bioethics (various)
BIOETH 506 (3 credits): Independent Study in Bioethics
ANT 504 (4 credits): Culture, Ecology, and Economy
ANT 507 (4 credits): Human Biology: A Lifecycle Approach
ANT 508 (4 credits): Culture and Mind
ANT 510 ( credits): Medical Anthropology
PHL 789 (4 credits): Ethics Across the Professions
PHL 789/WS 585/RLE 735 (4 credits): Narrative and Female Selfhoods
PHL 789/RLE 701G (4 credits): Contemporary Virtue Ethics
PHL 789/PSYCH 770 (4 credits): Religion and Science: Cognitive Foundations
PHL 798/RLE 733 (4 credits): Love and Justice
RLE 700 (4 credits): Character and Moral Judgment
RLE 790 (4 credits): Ethnography, Reproductive Health and Religious Ethics
RLE 733 (4 credits): Love and Justice
RLE 720 (4 credits): Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counseling
LAW 635: Advocacy for Children in the 21st Century
LAW 687 (3 credits): Bioethics and Public Health Law
LAW 681 (3 credits): Gender and Law
LAW 736 (3 credits) Health Law
LAW 664 (3 credits): Jewish Law
LAW 670 (3 credits): Jurisprudence
LAW 690 (3 credits): International Human Rights
NS 503 (3 credits): Advanced Practice Nursing: Ethical, Legal, and Leadership Issues
NS 559 (3 credits): Genetics and Embryology for Advanced Clinical Practice
NS 566 (2 credits): Gerontological Seminar
NS 594 (2-3 credits): International Health Care Systems: Comparative Perspectives
NS 595 (3 credits): Building Healthy Communities
NS 658 (2 credits): Disaster Nursing
NS 659 (2 credits): Cultural Competence for Advanced Practice Nurses
NS 672 (2-3 credits): Spirituality and Religion in Health Care
NS 678 (2 credits): Women’s Health Issues
BSHE 504 (2 credits): Social Behavior in Public Health
BSHE 514: Medical Anthropology
BSHE 578 (2 credits): Ethics in Public Health
BSHE 571: Issues in Women’s Health
BSHE 577: Role of Faith Communities in Public Health
BSHE 579 (2 credits): History of Public Health
GH 501 (3 credits): Global Health Policy
HPM 563 (2 credits): Aging and Health Care Issues
HPM 569 (3 credits): Women’s Health Policy: A Lifestyle approach
ES 651 (3 credits): Biomedical Ethics
PC 607 (3 credits): Pastoral Dimensions of Biomedical Decisions
PC 610 (3 credits): Crisis Ministry
?? Genetics and Ethics
M 650 (3 credits): Mission and International Health Care
RP 649 (3 credits):  Psychology and Moral Development
SR 607 (3 credits): Morality in America
SR 698 (3 credits): Understanding Religion and Health in the Context of HIV

The MA in Bioethics can be completed in 12 months, 2 years, or 3 years depending on the students’ other commitments. For a proposed sequence of courses, please click here.