The bioethics policy specialization offers students the opportunity to learn a new set of skills related to the formulation, implementation, evaluation and modification of policies that affect both the clinical and research arenas, as well as public health and other areas of the biosciences.
Overview of MSB: Policy Course Requirements
Proseminar in Health and Human Values (One week in summer)
This introductory one-week intensive seminar is taught by bioethics scholars from across the United States. The proseminar introduces students to the field, acquaints them with computer-based education, and affords them the opportunity to meet their professors and fellow students in person.
Six core courses are required:
- Health Care Policy: The Political and Organizational Context
- Advanced Biomedical Ethics
- Bioethics and the Law
- Medicine and Social Justice
- Advanced Bioethics Policy: Philosophical, Economic, and Psychological Foundations
- Public Health Ethics
One elective course is required. Options include courses in empirical research methods in bioethics, research ethics, reproductive ethics or clinical ethics.
The Practicum provides invaluable opportunities for students to put theory into practice. The online practicum is taught workshop-style and emphasizes case studies and exercises that require students to apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained in the Program to cutting-edge policy challenges.
Two-Term Master’s Project
Students complete a significant project, paper, or initiative to investigate a specific area of bioethics policy or to recommend or implement changes in policy or practice.
During this one-week, on-site seminar, students demonstrate their mastery of the skills taught in the Bioethics Program.
MSB in Policy 3 Years
MSB in Policy 2 Years
MSB in Policy 1 Year (Full Time)