Welcome, New Students!

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Pennsylvania Master of Bioethics program. You are joining an outstanding group of students and alumni. Your experience will combine excellent academic instruction, expansive networking, and hands-on research and consulting opportunities. We are thrilled you will be joining us.

What happens next?

Upon acknowledgment of your acceptance, you will receive an informational packet that includes a matriculation form and some general information about how to get your PennCard (which allows you access to all of Penn's onsite resources), information about your PennKey (your name and password that allows you access to all of Penn's online resources), and information about how to get your Penn email address.

After you register for your first course, the University computer system triggers your bill to be sent. With that initial mailing you receive your temporary PennKey password and instructions on how to activate your PennKey. Once you get your Penn email account, you will be added to our BIOEGRAD listserv. This is a listserv for all active MBE students and is how most program announcements are made. You will begin to see emails about lectures of interest, research opportunities, and announcements of deadlines, events, and course information.

Sometime before or soon after you begin taking classes, you should check in with the MBE Program Coordinator to receive your "black key." This allows you access to the office and the classrooms. In the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy office are restrooms, a student lounge, a kitchen with free snacks, coffee and tea. The student lounge has a computer and a printer for student use.

Before classes start or shortly thereafter, everyone should make an appointment with the MBE Program Director, Dr. Lance Wahlert, to discuss the curriculum and other logistics. To make an appointment with Dr. Wahlert please email Rashon Clark at rashon.clark@pennmedicine.upenn.edu who will put you on Dr. Wahlert's schedule. 


There are many people who can and will help you, both logistically and intellectually, as you move through the program. Dr. Autumn Fiester, Associate Chair for Education & Training, has overall responsibility for the graduate program, including the shape and staffing for the curriculum, general MBE policies, outreach to other schools within the University, and the admissions process. She makes decisions regarding transfer credit, applicable MBE courses, and requirements for joint degrees. Dr. Fiester is available by email, fiester@pennmedicine.upenn.edu, if you wish to schedule an appointment.  All students are assigned an initial faculty advisor. He or she will help you design a program that meets your individual needs and career goals. It is recommended that you be in regular contact with your advisor as you progress through the program.

HIPAA Compliance & Training

All Perelman School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students are required to complete HIPAA training (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) to maintain compliance with University of Pennsylvania Health System (HPHS) and Perelman School of Medicine privacy policies. The education is provided to ensure HIPAA regulatory compliance and to implement improved privacy practices throughout UPHS and the Perelman School of Medicine. Tracking and Compliance Reporting will be generated electronically and reported to Department Chairs and Perelman School of Medicine Administration.

The online education is designed to:

  • be completed in under thirty minutes.
  • be web accessible - available online 24/7 though Knowledge Link.
  • provide for automatic tracking and compliance reporting.

The following links allow access to KnowledgeLink with your PennKey and Password.

Foundations - Choose this course if you have never completed HIPAA training before.

Refresher - Choose this course if you have completed HIPAA training 2 or more years ago.

If you wish you may print your Certificate of Completion, however the MBE office does not need a copy. To do so, return to the home page in Knowledge Link. Click on Training Record in the menu on the left side of the screen. Find HIPAA Privacy training. Click on the Certificate icon. You may then print your Certificate.  All HIPAA questions should be addressed to COMPLY@pennmedicine.upenn.edu; All Knowledge Link questions should be addressed to somlink@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


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