Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Bioethics
Bioethics is the study of ethics and biomedical ethical issues and dilemmas in the broadly understood disciplines within science, technology and medicine. It is the study of moral values and choices, and how they impact social and professional relationships, define normative concepts, e.g., illness and disease, and lead to social policies and laws that shape and are shaped by healthcare practices and services, scientific discovery, and technological advancements.
Bioethics is becoming commonplace among medical schools; from 1990 there has been a 182 percent increase in bioethics training programs (2001 statistics; ASBH). It has been reported that advanced degrees and certificates give students the opportunity to understand critical ethical issues in the clinical and community settings, as well as the tools for teaching future students, patients, and the community about these issues. Furthermore, as medical science and technology continues to advance, there is an increasing concern over professional responsibilities and obligations in providing optimal care to patients and their families. In addition to these local concerns, there are more global concerns and issues such as scarce or limited resources, including those social, legal, and ethical policies needed for guiding medical practice, advancing science and technology, and promoting collective discourse and decision-making, while protecting individual and institutional interests.
Bioethics Certificate Program
Because it is apparent these local and global concerns and issues affect health sciences professionals and institutions, it is important to offer our medicine, pharmacy and basic science graduate students the opportunity to address, discuss, and examine these concerns and issues in a structured class forum. Online coursework, didactic, and small group discussions are offered throughout an interprofessional curriculum, in residency education, and in graduate education programs, i.e., Bioethics Certificate Program.
Contact the director of the Bioethics Certificate Program, Julie M. Aultman, Ph.D., associate professor of Family and Community Medicine, if you have any questions about the medicine, pharmacy and graduate studies curricula, bioethics research or service-related activities within the community of Northeast Ohio.
Or, download our Bioethics Certificate Program brochure.
Interested in Applying?
Visit our Admissions web pages for program information, course description, admissions requirements and an application to enroll in the Bioethics Certificate Program.