Bioethics is a discipline dealing with the social, legal, and ethical implications of biological research and applications, especially in medicine. It includes medical ethics which focuses on issues in healthcare, research ethics which focuses on the conduct of research, and with public health ethics which addresses ethical issues in public health. We aim to give clinicians, social workers, chaplaincy, nurses, and lay individuals who wish to seek out a Master of Arts in Bioethics the background and training to engage in the teaching of ethics, ethics research, ethics consultations, and difficult bedside ethical issues.
The importance of a program like this became more evident during the recent pandemic; this has brought to light the difficult ethical decisions that need to be made regarding allocation of scarce resources, equity, diversity, and inclusion in healthcare. The current medical, ethical, and humanities literature over the last two years have identified the scarce resources and the allocation thereof. Training and education in ethics was found to be paramount in making the difficult moral and ethical decisions for the best and right care for patients. The value of the program: bring into focus the partnership of healthcare and ethics.
This master’s program is an ideal fit for professionals in healthcare and biomedical fields, as well as biomedical and basic science research. Such fields include:
- Social work.
- Veterinary medicine.
- Genetic counseling.
- Public policy.
- Graduate and professional students in any bioethics related fields are also welcome.