Ph.D. in Genetics/MA Dual-Degree Program

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 (e.g., cloning, human embryonic stem cells, ethical aspects of Vitro fertilization), gene therapy, and genetic “privacy.” Accordingly, the need for combined training in genetics, bioethics, and medical humanities is becoming increasingly obvious.


Application Requirements

Students must apply and be accepted to each program to qualify. Students take courses required for each program concurrently.

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Course Requirements

PhD Program Credits MA Degree Credits
"Pure" Genetics Credits 42    
    Foundations in Bioethics I and II 
(BETH 401 and BETH 402)
12
    Clinical Ethics Rotation (BETH 405)* 3
    Capstone in Bioethics and Medical Humanities (BETH 402C)  
1.5
Genetic Credits in Bioethics and Medical Humanities relevant courses* 6 Genetic Credits in Bioethics and Medical Humanities relevant courses* 6
Electives in Bioethics and Medical Humanities outside Genetics Department 6 Electives in Bioethics and Medical Humanities outside Genetics Department 6
    Mini elective in Bioethics and Medical Humanities  
Ph.D. Total Credits 54 MA Total Credits 30

*Double count 12 credits between the programs.