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Health Care Ethics (Graduate Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics provides grounding in the essentials of bioethical reasoning and practice, including its application to issues in the domains of medicine, law, and public policy. Online course offerings help participants further existing career and education plans, facilitate changes in career and education plans, or help choose suitable careers, as well as further personal development.

Admission requirements: Admission to the certificate program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.

  1. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate or graduate degree (with at least a 3.0 GPA) in a field allied with health, law, or philosophy. Applicants are required to submit transcripts of such work.
  2. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement describing their reasons for pursuing the certificate as well as career plans or goals.

Students in the Certificate Program must complete four courses for 16 credits total from the following list of courses.

PHI 5250Justice and Rights in Health Care *4
PHI 5280History of Ethics4
PHI 5290Free Will and Moral Responsibility4
PHI 5300Foundations of Ethics4
PHI 5330Ethics, Law, and Health *4
PHI 6999Certificate Essay Direction **1-4

Students must complete at least one of PHI 5250 or PHI 5330. Students may include both courses as part of the overall requirements.


The Certificate Essay course, PHI 6999, is available only after completing at least two other courses from the list. 

Students must complete the 4 courses in a maximum of 3 calendar years and with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Courses in which students receive grades of C or lower will not count toward the certificate. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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