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Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Earn a Masters of Science Degree, a Graduate Certificate or Take Courses for Personal and Professional Interest

  Biomedical ethics

Biotechnology and the changing dynamics of health care delivery are transforming the landscape of today’s patient-centered care—and the ways in which patients can participate in their own care. In addition, as a society, questions about who we are, what we deem important, and what kind of society we ultimate choose to live in are increasingly being framed through the lens of health and medicine.

At the intersection of bioethics and society, New York Medical College’s (NYMC) Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program offers courses that challenge students to think about social and biomedical concepts.  The program also uses historical, philosophical, legal and social-scientific approaches and models to address bioethical challenges. Through methodological and substantive training, these rigorous academic programs teach students to confront biomedical ethics issues in the real world.

“We are in a moment where health leaders, clinicians, and the general public are looking for answers for how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how to cope with its aftermath and best meet the moral and social challenges we are facing.  The NYMC Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program is committed to providing curriculum and guidance in clinical ethics, organizational healthcare ethics, and general ethics as it pertains to health and medicine, making NYMC and Touro the leaders of medical and healthcare ethics education going forward.” -- Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at New York Medical College, director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program.

The program will have educational opportunities for a diverse student population, ranging from linkage-type students to senior executives, while still having a focused curriculum that fits with student interests. In addition to courses in clinical ethics and medical humanities, the program will also offer instruction in Jewish medical ethics and organizational ethics and values-driven leadership in healthcare.

Students may earn a Master of Science degree in Medical Ethics or a Graduate Certificate in Medical Ethics.  They may also enroll in courses for the sake of personal-professional development and self-edification.

 

PROGRAM GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The MS degree and Graduate Certificate goals & objectives are as follows:

Goal 1: To foster students’ development of competence as ethics scholars, including developing skills of ethical deliberation and implementing moral action strategies.

Objectives: Our first goal specifies an emphasis on training in the skills of ethics. The intent is for students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyze, plan, and act on personal and professional values related to bioethics. We have three interrelated objectives that originate from this goal, that our students develop proficiency in:

  • Demonstrating awareness of the ethical, legal, and social implications of issues related to bioethics
  • Examining existing frameworks and challenging normative assumptions and expectations
  • Communicating one’s decision and moral action strategy to various stakeholders and parties

Goal 2: To foster students’ development of interest in the social and humanities-based questions related to health.

Objectives: Our second goal is meant to promote self-directed and life-long learning. We have two interrelated objectives that originate from this goal, that our students develop proficiency in:

  • Demonstrating awareness of how language and culture influence the way people understand concepts such as health, wellness, and illness
  • Engaging in personal introspection into one’s attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and feelings about one’s own and others’ cultural and moral premises as they relate to health, wellness, and illness

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

Upon graduation, a student with an MS degree or graduate certificate should be able to manifest the following core competencies:

  • Identify basic theories, concepts and models of biomedical ethics.
  • Develop the skills of ethical reasoning to reach ethically defensible resolutions.
  • Appreciate the ways in which ethical values are integral to the practice of medicine and health care delivery, both in the clinical encounter and from an organizational perspective.
  • Develop communication skills and implementation strategies to deal effectively with ethical issues.