Dual Degree Programs

Bioethics and Medical Humanities is interprofessional and multidisciplinary in its origin and in its current practice. Students must apply and gain acceptance to each program independently. Each program has a specific plan of study and financial structure. 

Integrated Graduate Studies Program
IGS

Seniors of exceptional ability in the undergraduate programs of the university who have the approval of the Dean of Collegiate Affairs and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research may apply to enter the program. This would allow undergraduate students to enter graduate study before they complete their undergraduate programs. 

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JD / MA

This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with the Doctor of Jurisprudence and is offered in cooperation with the School of Law. This program provides excellent preparation for students who wish to practice or have academic careers in health care law. 

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MD / MA

This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with the MD degree, in cooperation with either the School of Medicine or the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. This program provides physicians with advanced knowledge and experience in Bioethics integrated into the medical curricula in each program.

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MA / MPH

This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with the Master of Public Health degree and is offered in conjunction with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Because of the breadth and scope of the field of public health and the discipline of Bioethics, the CWRU MPH and Bioethics Programs are ideally suited to combine in a joint effort.

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MA / MSSA

The Master of Science in Social Administration and Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities joins two well-known academic programs to offer students an interdisciplinary experience blending the similar values of social work and medicine. In health care settings, ethical consultations are often requested on decisions having to do with the end of life, organ donation, or initiation or withdrawal of medical treatments. 

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MA / MSN

This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with the Master of Science in Nursing, in cooperation with the School of Nursing. The combined MA/MSN program will enable students to obtain graduate preparation in both fields, contributing to the integration of ethics in advanced practice nursing and thereby increasing the availability of ethics expertise to the nursing community.

Genetic Counseling
MS in Genetic Counseling/MA

The Departments of Genetics & Genome Sciences and Bioethics offers a dual degree program between the Masters in Genetic Counseling and the Masters in Bioethics and Medical Humanities Programs.  The dual degree program provides a comprehensive curriculum integrating foundational principles of genetics, bioethics, and medical humanities. 

PhD in Genetics
Ph.D. in Genetics

This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with a Ph.D. in Genetics, in cooperation with the Department of Genetics.  The rapid pace of human genetic research has led to an ever-increasing number of complex ethical issues, particularly with respect to reproductive genetics, gene therapy, and genetic “privacy.”  Accordingly, the need for combined training in genetics, bioethics, and medical humanities is becoming increasingly obvious.