The Master of Science in Medical Ethics requires 14 course units (CUs), including 4 courses in empirical methods, 4 units of mentored research, 2 required courses (BIOE 7010 and BIOE 6020), BIOE 6010 (highly recommended) or an elective. 1 course in a specific content-areas of bioethics (i.e., clinical ethics, policy, or research ethics) and 2 elective bioethics courses.   A student's program of study should be designed in conversation with the Faculty Program Director, Dr. Autumn Fiester at For advice on chosing the four courses in empirical methods, please consult Dr. Steve Joffe at  Students may also take elective bioethics courses from other Departments and Schools across the University, subject to approval from the MSME leadership. The MSME worksheet can be found here.

Curriculum Overview:

  1. BIOE 7010:  Proseiminar
  2. BIOE 6020:  Foundations in Bioethics
  3. BIOE 6010:  Introduction to Bioethical Argument (Highly Recommended) or an elective
  4. BIOE 6050:   Mentored Research I
  5. BIOE 6060:   Mentored Research II
  6. BIOE 6070:   Mentored Research III  
  7. BIOE 6080:   Mentored Research IV
  8. Elective I (A course in clinical ethics, policy, or research ethics)
  9. Elective II
  10. Elective III
  11. Methods I: Data Collection Methods [HPR 6030, or the equivalent]
  12. Methods II: Data Analysis [HPR 6070, or the equivalent]
  13. Methods III: Introduction to Statistics [HPR 6040, MTR 6000, EPID 5360, or the equivalent]
  14. Methods IV: Applied Regression Analysis [HPR 6080, or the equivalent]


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