Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion

Bioethics Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in Bioethics is designed primarily for persons preparing for careers in medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, education, one of the health sciences, or other health-related professions. Enrollment will be open to upper-level undergraduates, and others by petition. Both degree-seeking students and non-degree students are eligible. It can also serve upper-level students preparing for careers in law or business who wish to understand health policy, law, and clinical practice in relation to philosophy and ethics. The Certificate in Bioethics will attest that the student has completed a course of study in moral theory and clinical practice, law, or policy related to bioethics.

All bioethics courses are offered online and include the following four-credit courses:

     PHL 440 Moral Reasoning and Bioethics
     PHL 441 Clinical Issues in Bioethics
     PHL 442 Policy Issues in Bioethics
     PHL 443 Bioethics and the Law
     PHL 444 Bioethics and Biotechnology
     PHL 446 Ethics of Human Reproduction

The program requires a total of 12 semester hours in bioethics at the undergraduate level, distributed as described below, with a grade of at least 3.0 quality points in each:

1. Moral Reasoning Requirement (4 credits), fulfilled by taking:

               PHL 440, Moral Reasoning and Bioethics (4 credits);

2. Bioethics Electives (8 credits), chosen from the other courses listed above.

For additional information, contact the Philosophy Department at 216-687-3900.

For more information, visit the undergraduate catalog.