Master of Science in Bioethics & Public Health

Earn a Master in Public Health from University at Albany – SUNY and Master of Science in Bioethics from The Bioethics Program of Clarkson and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
"The degree set me apart as someone who understood a complicated and often misunderstood component of healthcare delivery."
Dr. Aaron Edelstein ’07
Bioethics is a multi-disciplinary field whose practitioners typically hold multiple degrees and certifications. Recognizing the significance of public health for the future of the field of bioethics, The Bioethics Program has teamed up with the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, SUNY to offer a unique dual degree opportunity.

Students in the dual degree program take a combination of online and on-site courses in public health and bioethics. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to obtain a master's in bioethics (MSB) and a master's in public health (MPH.)

About the School of Public Health at University at Albany, SUNY:

The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and offers a valuable professional experience for students. The school is a unique partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany.

The MPH degree helps students become well-rounded public health professionals, ready to assume positions in state or local health departments, healthcare organizations, or health-related non-profit agencies in the U.S. and overseas. It features core courses in six areas – epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy & management, behavioral science, environmental health, and the biological basis of public health – and upper level courses in an area of concentration, as well as hands-on internship experiences in a variety of public health settings.


The MPH program is a combination of core courses and electives. Students begin the bioethics coursework with an intensive, one-week summer proseminar on Health and Human Values taught at Clarkson, with a clinical visit to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

The remainder of this innovative, dual-degree program combines online and on-site courses and practicum in bioethics and all public health courses for the specialization desired. The bioethics course work includes instruction in health policy, biomedical ethics, research ethics, bioethics and the law, clinical ethics, advanced practice in clinical social work, and evaluation of clinical practice. Practicum include a second internship in social work (two semesters in a hospital or health care setting); a required online practicum; a three-term master's project; a one-week, on-site clinical ethics practicum; and a one-week, on-site capstone seminar.

Combined MSB & Public Health Certificate

The School of Public Health at the University at Albany, SUNY also offers certificate programs that you can combine with the Masters in Bioethics to position yourself in exciting area of public health. Courses can be taken entirely online, or as a combination of online and on-site courses. The following certificates are offered:
  • Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles (CPH-FP)
  • Certificate in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness (CPH-SP)

Admission Requirements:

To enroll in the dual degree program, students must be accepted through the admissions process of each program and matriculate in both programs.

More Information:
Admission to the Bioethics Program of Clarkson/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Admission to the School of Public Health at University at Albany, SUNY

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