Domestic and International Students
March 1, 2014
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Education: MHSc in Bioethics - Program
The MHSc in Bioethics program requires successful completion of nine (9) full-course equivalents for domestic and non-Fogarty international students, and ten (10) full-course equivalents for the Fogarty International Fellows. Domestic students complete the program over two-years. International students normally complete the program in one year. All course work and the practicum should normally be completed in these time frames. In accordance with SGS policy, all requirements for the professional degree must be completed within six years.
Courses in the first year of the program cover key topic areas in bioethics, and concentrate on providing students with the theoretical foundations of the field in terms of legal frameworks, research methods, philosophical approaches, and resource allocation ethics. The application of theory to practice in clinical, organizational and research settings is emphasized.
Courses in the second year of the program give students the opportunity to further develop core knowledge (e.g., in research ethics, organizational and health systems ethics) while adding more core skill competencies, such as teaching bioethics, developing a bioethics curriculum, and contributing to bioethics scholarship (including the preparation of a paper in publishable form covering an area or issue of the student's choice). Based on their individual interests in the areas and activities of bioethics, students complete a mentored applied learning course (practicum), and a practical bioethics course that aims to support the student in preparing a "capstone" project that, ideally, builds on the practicum experience and the core knowledge and skills gained throughout the MHSc program.