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Medical Ethics Curriculum

Medical Ethics Curriculum

The Medical Ethics Program offers a Master of Science Degree and an Advanced Certificate in Medical Ethics. Both degrees are targeted to medical students, health professional students and practicing health care providers who are interested in expanding their training in bioethics. Students will also be prepared to pursue further graduate work in health sciences or in fields such as history, philosophy, anthropology or law. Through the Jewish medical ethics track, the program is also of interest to rabbinical students who want to work in chaplaincy or in a medical or health care setting. The M. S. degree and the Advanced Certificate will prepare students for their future careers in bioethics (clinical ethics, chaplaincy, bioethics consultations for pharmaceutical companies, etc.).

The M.S. degree consists of 36 credits, which includes an independent project. Depending on the interests and goals of the student, students will be required either to write a thesis or complete a practicum. The Advanced Certificate consists of 12 credits. Classes will initially be offered online and in the evening. Students will study with a broad range of faculty, allowing them to draw on the diverse expertise and resources that NYMC has to offer.

The Masters of Science degree has 3 required courses and the Advanced Certificate requires students to choose 2 of the 3 courses.  The core courses for the programs are:

  1. Theories and Practice in Medical Ethics
  2. The Patient-Clinician Relationship
  3. Ethical Leadership and the Business of Healthcare

The purpose for requiring these courses is to ensure that students acquire foundational knowledge of ethical thinking in biomedical ethics and then learn to apply that knowledge and the skills of ethical deliberation that they develop to three major areas, namely (1) society and social policies, (2) the clinical encounter, and (3) a hospital’s or health system’s organizational culture and ethos. 

Students will be able to choose elective courses that speak to their individual interests to complete the remaining coursework for both the Master of Science degree and the Advanced Certificate. Their choices will be guided through faculty mentors who can assist them in determine the appropriate course of study.

 For information on the required courses, click here for the Master of Science in Medical Ethics Advisement Sheet.