Bioethics and Medical Humanities/Public Health

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Master of Arts/Master of Public Health

About the Program

With a dual master’s degree in public health and bioethics and medical humanities from Case Western Reserve University, you’ll be prepared to effect change at hospital bedsides—developing more effective communication pathways with patients locally and beyond. With the skills you learn here, you can work in health education, health communications, behavioral sciences and more. Our program is the backbone for the future of the healthcare industry in that you’ll learn how medical decisions impact the world (for better or for worse) and identify ways to improve upon medical processes.

What to Expect

Over the course of about two years, you’ll take courses that will help you understand the impact of ethical issues in medicine within different cultural traditions. Combining both bioethics and public health, your curriculum will span from public health ethics, to ethical issues in genetics/genomics, to neuroethics. In addition to your classes in Cleveland, you’ll have the option to study abroad to take courses such as women's health and public health issues in the Netherlands or international bioethics policy and practice in Costa Rica. You’ll also apply that knowledge in clinical rotations where you’ll experience medical ethics in action, figuring out how you can contribute to the discipline and be a leader in the field.

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A Place for Success

Cleveland is one of the top 10 medical communities in the U.S., so in addition to 150 international companies and 700 biotechnology and biomedical companies, you’ll also have access to four renowned medical institutions: Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals. Cleveland is not only known for its wide array of job opportunities but also for its culture, food, and low cost of living. Taste test local cuisines. Explore world-class museums such as Cleveland Museum of Art, which is just a quick walk away. Or check out Dittrick Medical History Center right on campus.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. Dual-degree applicants must apply to both the Bioethics and Medical Humanities MA and the MPH programs. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose and personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (required) and MAT, MCAT, LSAT, DAT or GMAT (optional)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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