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MA in Bioethics/MPH

Why pursue an MA-Bioethics/MPH dual degree?

The goal of this program is to train a select group of students in the intersection of public health and bioethics. Students who graduate with a dual MA-Bioethics/MPH degree will be well qualified to work in public health to help set priorities for pandemics or other allocations of scarce resources, to set public policy for health departments or states on access to health care, or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of public health practice. 

Degree Information

Students interested in pursuing the dual MA-Bioethics/MPH degree will need to complete satisfactorily the 30-credit hours of the MA-Bioethics program as well as the Rollins School of Public Health MPH degree requirements (42 credit hours including a practicum and culminating experience). Two semesters of residency in the School of Public Health are required of all dual degree students. Students are required to complete MPH degree core courses, department required courses, and elective coursework. Up to ten semester hours of credit earned in the partnering school may be counted as elective credit hours towards the MPH degree, but there is no similar arrangement for the MA-Bioethics degree. Courses for each program that may count as elective credits towards the MPH degree include:


BIOETH 502: Classic Issues in Bioethics (3 hrs)
BIOETH 503: Contemporary Issues in Bioethics (3 hrs)
BIOETH 505*: Special Topics (3 hrs)

*Can be taken multiple times; previous/current courses in this number include:

Bioethics and the Law
Animals and Ethics
Ethics of Human Subjects Research
Public Health Ethics
Religion and Bioethics
Distributive Justice
Human Rights and Bioethics 

Students enrolled in dual degree programs receive both degrees simultaneously upon completion of all degree requirements for both programs.

Financial Implications

During their residency in the Rollins School of Public Health, students will be charged the current rate of tuition for dual degree students. For more information on these MPH tuition rates, please click here. When enrolled in the Laney Graduate School, the student will be charged the current rate of tuition for the MA-Bioethics Program. School-sponsored scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which the student is in residency at the respective school.

Students will choose one program in which to enroll for the MPH; depending on this program, the student’s schedule may differ. Regardless, students will complete the first year of coursework at Rollins School of Public Health, and the second year at Laney Graduate School.

For specific information on the program in particular departments, please click on a department below:

Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Environmental Health


Health Policy and Management

Hubert Department of Global Health