MA/MPH Dual Degree Program

This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with the Master of Public Health degree. 

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. The MPH/Bioethics and Medical Humanities shared degree will enable students to obtain graduate preparation in both fields, contributing to the application of ethics in public health practice and thereby increasing the availability of leadership and scholarship relating to Bioethics in the public health community.

It is anticipated that this collaboration will improve the ethics component of the public health educational experience for all students through closer collaboration between departments, and through peer interactions of dual degree students and their colleagues.

The MPH Degree is a "terminal" degree and persons with the degree may pursue a variety of career paths. The MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities is considered a supplementary degree in that it enhances careers in other fields, e.g. law, medicine, nursing, or in this case, public health.

The joint bioethics-public health degree would fuel careers in every aspect of public health, including international and global health, public health preparedness and function, environmental health sciences, behavioral sciences, health education, health communications and health policy and management.


Application Requirements

Students must apply and be accepted to each degree program to qualify. New students can apply to both programs simultaneously; current MPH or MA students may apply before the end of their first semester. 

To apply to the MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities program, check out the Application Requirements

To apply to the MPH program, check out the Admissions page.


Course Requirement

MA Degree Credits  MPH Degree Credits
    “Pure” MPH Core Curriculum 18
Foundations in Bioethics I and II
(BETH 401 and 402)
12    
Clinical Ethics Rotation 
(BETH 405 over two semesters)
3    
Introduction to Public Health Ethics
(BETH 417)*
3 Introduction to Public Health Ethics
(BETH 417)*
3
Capstone in Bioethics and Medical Humanities (BETH 402C) 1.5    
    MPH Concentrations Courses 9
    MPH Practicum 3
    MPH Electives 3
MPH Capstone (with Bioethics and Medical Humanities Component)* 6 MPH Capstone (with Bioethics and Medical Humanities Component)* 6
Electives in Bioethics and Medical Humanities 3    
Mini elective in Bioethics and Medical Humanities 1.5    
MA Total Credits 30 MPH Total Credits 42

*Double count 9 credits between the programs.