Health Care Ethics Graduate Certificate

The Certificate program in Health Care Ethics offers a distinctive program of studies to prepare individuals for the complex and growing field of biomedical ethics. The program provides graduate educational opportunities that will enable students to reflect systematically on contemporary issues in bioethics, medical research and health care principally through the prism of the intellectual heritage of the Roman Catholic philosophical and theological tradition.

The Certificate program is a value-added component to the following graduate programs of Saint Joseph's University: Health Administration, M.S. in Health Administration-Health Education Joint Degree or M.S. in Long Term Care Administrative Programs. Once students have completed their degree of choice, successfully completing 2 additional elective courses from the list below will earn them a Certificate in Health Care Ethics.  For all other students, the 4 courses are required.

The Certificate program is also intended for those who wish to work or are working in the health care field, especially physicians, nurses, allied health care professionals, and medical students. In the near future members of Hospital Ethics Committees and Institutional Review Boards will be required to have academic certification in health care ethics. The Certificate program would prepare them well to handle the difficult ethical problems they face at each meeting. And it would give them the required credential.

The Certificate program is also intended for all professionals in the health care field who wish to pursue a credentialed career or enhance their expertise in bioethics. Certificate course work can be transferred into the Master’s program in Health Care Ethics.

Executives in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries would also profit from the Certificate program in Health Care Ethics. Clinical research and marketing pose moral questions for pharmaceutical executives. Moreover, health care management and allocation decisions pose moral questions for insurance executives. The Certificate program in Health Care Ethics would help these executives navigate stormy ethical waters.

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