The bioethics Certificate program has two components:
A core curriculum made up of three required courses in philosophical bioethics, clinical topics in bioethics, and issues in law and bioethics.
An elective course chosen by the student to meet his or her individual needs and/or interests.
All courses of the Certificate program are delivered in an online format. Class discussions and case analyses are conducted in non-real time, so students can participate at their convenience during each week of the course. Students are, however, paced on a week-to-week basis just as in a traditional course on campus. Moreover, the pedagogical capabilities of the online environment enhance the course discussions and allow for more individualized instructor feedback. This program empowers the learners to find resources and make the courses truly student-centered.
Students in the Certificate program are required to complete a total of four three-credit online courses (total of twelve credits). Three of these courses are required and one course is of the student's choosing.
The required courses are:
Philosophical Bioethics (3 credits)
Clinical Topics in Bioethics (3 credits)
Law and Bioethics (3 credits)
These required courses provide students with knowledge of the necessary philosophical, clinical and legal foundations of clinical bioethics.
For the elective course, students choose one course from among the following selection of approved and offered courses, with the guidance of an advisor:
Justice & Healthcare (3 credits)
Introduction to Research Ethics (3 credits)
Issues in Pediatric Ethics (3 credits)>
Ethics and Human Reproduction (3 credits)
The History and Meaning of Ethics and Professionalism in Medicine (3 credits)
Special Topics in Bioethics (3 credits)
Students may take one or two courses per semester as fits their scheduling needs. For more information on these courses, please see the course descriptions under the traditional MA program section.
Students receive a Certificate in Clinical Bioethics upon completion of all four courses. Graduate credits accumulated in this program may be applicable toward the Master of Arts degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which can be pursued either through the executive-style or the traditional format.
The minimal technical requirements for the program include:
- Personal computer (PC with Windows XP, Vista or 7; Mac with OS X).
- Internet Explorer 7 (or higher) or Firefox 3 (or higher) for accessing ANGEL. Mac users should use Firefox.
- Microsoft Office 2003 or newer.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- CD-ROM drive.
- Sound card with speakers or head-set.
- Email accessibility.
- Internet connection (broadband highly recommended).
In additional to the technical requirements above, students must know how to:
- Access and use the Internet, email, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and instant messenger;
- Work with email attachments;
- Contact their Internet Service Provider (ISP) for technical assistance on Internet connection and tools.
Individuals interested in the Certificate program must apply through the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The application process consists of: (1) completing and submitting the online application form with a $50 application fee; (2) providing official transcript for an earned baccalaureate degree; and (3) providing letters of recommendation with recommendation forms from at least two references who can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in the program.
Criteria for admission include academic training, professional experience, college and, if applicable, graduate or professional school grades, commitment to the field of bioethics, and promise in the program’s academic areas.
All applications are reviewed by the Bioethics Program’s Graduate Admissions Committee. The outcome of the committee review is forwarded to the Dean as a recommendation for admission or rejection. The Admissions Committee is comprised of the Director of Graduate Studies and at least two other members of the program’s graduate faculty. Final action on each application is carried out by the Dean, who signs all letters of acceptance or rejection on behalf of the academic program and MCW.
Application deadlines are July 1 for Fall admission, November 1 for Spring admission, and April 1 for Summer admission.
A link to the online application form and more information on applying to the program can be found on the Graduate School's website.