Students in the Certificate program are required to complete a total of four three-credit online courses (total of twelve credits). All four of the courses are required.
The program consists of the following four required courses:
- Philosophical Bioethics (3 credits)
- Law and Bioethics (3 credits)
- Philosophical Neuroethics (3 credits)
- Clinical Neuroethics (3 credits)
These required courses provide students with the necessary legal, philosophical, and clinical perspectives necessary and valuable to researchers and clinicians interested in neuroethics.
This certification program will enroll about two students per year. Two of the courses will be offered in the fall semester, and the other two will be offered in the spring semester. Enrolled students have the choice to take one class per semester and finish the certificate in four semesters or take two classes per semester and finish in two semesters.
All of the courses of the certificate program are offered online. The technical requirements are minimal, i.e., ability to use a Web-browser and email. Class discussions and additional work are conducted primarily in non-real time, so students can participate at their convenience during each week. However, students are paced on a week-to-week basis just as in a face-to-face course. Moreover, the pedagogical capabilities of the online environment enhance the class discussions and allow for individualized instructor feedback, which empowers the learners and makes the courses truly student-centered.
Participants receive a Certificate in Neuroethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin’s School of Graduate Studies upon completion of the four courses. Each course is also worth graduate credit which may be applicable to the Bioethics MA degree.
Core Curriculum (Required) Courses
Law and Bioethics, Bioethics 10223 (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to legal principles and legal precedent relevant to issues in bioethics, aimed at providing the foundation for understanding relevant law concerning these issues.
Philosophical Bioethics, Bioethics 10210 (3 credits)
This course provides the critical basis for the ethical analysis of biomedical issues. It consists of lectures, seminar presentations, and class discussion of the foundations of moral philosophy, including the concept of morality, moral relativism, classical ethical theories, contemporary methods in bioethics, rights, justice, and the justification of moral beliefs.
Philosophical Neuroethics, Bioethics 10245 (3 credits)
This course focuses on the historical, philosophical, ethical issues arising from advances in neuroscience in the broader social milieu. Topics will include: cognitive neuroenhancement, alteration of personhood, mind-reading technologies, brain-computer interfaces, morality and the brain, etc. This course provides training through leading and participating in online discussions, listening to online lectures, completing readings, composing essays, and developing a research paper to curate familiarity with philosophical implications surrounding neuroethics.
Clinical Neuroethics, Bioethics 10248 (3 credits)
This course provides training in identifying the philosophical, moral, and sociopolitical contentious points in neuroethics. This course focuses on developing skills in applying moral theories to critically assess positions/arguments around neuroethics and follow those assessments with analyses of their ethical implications in clinical settings. Through leading and participating in online discussions, online lectures, readings, essays, and a research paper, a critical understanding of neuroethics in the clinical setting is fostered.