Bioethics and Medical Humanities/Medicine

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Master of Arts, MD

About the Program

Add bioethical expertise to your skill set while you train to become a physician in our dual Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Arts (MA) in Bioethics and Medical Humanities program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the #1 medical school in Ohio. 

You can join this MD/MA program if you’re a medical student enrolled through the School of Medicine’s University Program or Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine program. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to become a premier physician who is keenly aware of and able to adapt to ongoing bioethical issues. 

What to Expect

You must apply and be accepted to the MD and MA programs separately, but this process can take place concurrently. If you’re a medical school student, you can apply to the master’s degree program before the start of the fall semester of your first year. 

Then, while in medical school you’ll work with your advisor to lay out your master’s degree schedule. You can choose electives based on your interests—whether that’s mental illness and bioethics, international bioethics or neuroethics.

Once you’re here, you'll study in our state-of-the-future Health Education Campus with Cleveland Clinic, where you'll learn alongside nursing, dental and physician assistant students. This approach, called interprofessional education, is a hallmark of our MD program—designed to prepare you for the team-based healthcare system in which you'll practice in the real world.

Bioethics and Medical Humanities concerns itself fundamentally with value-laden issues that emerge in the delivery and practice of healthcare, biomedicine, the life sciences and human health more generally. The complexity of these issues requires that they be approached from multiple perspectives, viewed through multiple disciplinary lenses if they are to be well understood and addressed. Whether it be end of life decision making in the clinic, structural racism and health disparities in biomedicine, climate change and human health, or futuristic concerns like AI, human fusions and cyborgs, our nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary faculty, four major academic medical center affiliates, and international partnerships afford students an unparalleled opportunity to learn, explore, and grow.

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Beyond the Classroom

You’ll be on your way to becoming a physician as you live and study in one of the top 10 medical communities in the U.S. Cleveland is home to Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals—renowned medical institutions with which you’ll become extremely familiar.

And, when it comes to studying medical humanities and bioethics, you won’t have to venture outside of Case Western Reserve to find experts. The School of Medicine is home to hundreds of renowned faculty members, many of whom address some of the most pressing ethical, legal and social questions raised by recent advances in genetic and genomic research.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

You must apply and be accepted to each degree program to qualify. New students can apply to both programs simultaneously; current medical students may apply before the start of the fall semester (August) during the first year. 

The application process typically requires: 

  • Online application, including a letter or intent or statement of objectives as well as a writing sample and a short essay
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Test scores for GRE (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

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Leah Jeunnette
Leah Jeunnette, PhD
Director, MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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