Online Bioethics Courses and Schools

Learn about bioethics classes and the programs that offer them. Find out about topics typically discussed in these classes, and get tips on selecting a school for your bioethics studies. Schools offering Health Policy degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

When advances in technology meet with the realm of human life, there are going to be some issues that naturally arise. Become knowledgeable using a variety of educational resources and then an expert in the field of bioethics to help us as a society deal with these new issues.

Online Many schools offering options online
Programs Undergraduate and graduate bioethics certificates; Master of Arts or Science in Bioethics; online doctoral degree programs are rare
Courses Clinical bioethics, human reproduction issues, ethics and the law, health care policy, research ethics, case studies, governmental healthcare policy, patient rights

What Online Bioethics Programs Are Available to Me?

Numerous colleges and universities offer online undergraduate or graduate bioethics certificates. Both options improve your employment opportunities in the nursing, public health, law or social work fields. These 6-12 month programs can also prepare you for study in a master's degree program.

If you're looking for a career in the health care policy or clinical research fields, a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Bioethics is available. Courses may also be offered in a Master of Theology program with a concentration in Catholic bioethics. You may be able to complete these online programs in as little as one year; many programs allow up to five years to finish.

Although rare, doctoral degrees and fellowship programs also offer online bioethics courses. These programs are for those seeking administrative roles at a hospital or clinic, whether on an ethics committee or review board. While Doctorate in Bioethics programs are open to those with a master's degree in bioethics, you must be a licensed physician to enroll in a fellowship program.

Some schools that offer online programs in bioethics include:

  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Washington State University Global Campus
  • Albany Medical College
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Cleveland State University

What Topics Will I Study?

In a bioethics program you may find yourself surveying current issues in bioethics or participating in case studies of controversial medical decisions. Course topics also discuss the roles of governmental health care policy or the different faith systems effecting stances on stem cell research or euthanasia. Most programs also include a course in health law. You may study patient rights, power of attorney or the laws of informed consent. Typical bioethics courses can include the following:

  • Clinical bioethics
  • Ethics and human reproduction
  • Biomedical ethics and law
  • Health care policy
  • Research ethics

How Should I Select a School?

Before you chose a school, you should know whether or not an online bioethics program is offered fully or partially online. Many of these programs require that you complete workshops on campus, attend school-sponsored tours of medical facilities or meet with educators face-to-face.

In a graduate program you may also have to participate in on-campus seminars or present a capstone project, such as a thesis or health policy initiative. If this is the case, you may want to choose a program close to home. Additionally, when seeking out schools, take a look at theological universities and colleges as well as secular schools, because theological schools can teach you how religion plays a factor in ethics.

How Do Online Programs Work?

Schools' interactive technologies allow you to listen to lectures, download homework assignments and participate in online message boards. You need to be familiar with discussion groups and chat rooms. You should also know how to save files into PDF formats.

In addition to having Internet access, many online bioethics programs state that you need specific operating systems, a current e-mail address and a printer. You may also need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a CD-ROM drive and a sound card with speakers or a headset.

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