Dual Degrees

The following dual-degree programs are available through the Department of Bioethics in partnership with the respective departments & colleges at Case Western Reserve University:

  • MA / JD -- This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics with the Doctor of Jurisprudence and is offered in cooperation with the School of Law. This program provides excellent preparation for students who wish to practice or have academic careers in health care law.
  • MA / MSN -- This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics with the Master of Science in Nursing, in cooperation with the School of Nursing. The combined MA/MSN program will enable students to obtain graduate preparation in both fields, contributing to the integration of ethics in advanced practice nursing and thereby increasing the availability of ethics expertise to the nursing community.
  • MA / MPH -- This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics with the Master of Public Health degree and is offered in conjunction with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Because of the breadth and scope of the field of public health and the discipline of Bioethics, the Case MPH and Bioethics Programs are ideally suited to combine in a joint effort. The MPH/Bioethics shared degree will enable students to obtain graduate preparation in both fields, contributing to the application of ethics in public health practice and thereby increasing the availability of leadership and scholarship relating to Bioethics in the public health community.
  • MA / MSSA -- The Master of Science in Social Administration and Master of Arts in Bioethics joins two well-known academic programs to offer students an interdisciplinary experience blending the similar values of social work and medicine.  In health care settings, ethical consultations are often requested on decisions having to do with end of life, organ donation, or initiation or withdrawal of medical treatments. In addition, graduates of this program will be able to help counsel health care providers, organizations, and clients, participate in setting policy, and teach others about these issues.
  • MA /MD -- This program combines the Master of Arts in Bioethics with the M.D. degree, in cooperation with either the School of Medicine or the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. This program provides physicians with advanced knowledge and experience in Bioethics integrated into the medical curricula in each program.

Required Integrative Seminar for Dual Degree Students (BETH 407)

Goals:

The seminar will encourage students to:
(1) Draw on a variety of disciplinary perspectives simultaneously in their efforts to evaluate situations and formulate potential resolutions, in contrast to compartmentalized thinking
(2) Develop and enhance their ability to engage with a diverse range of professionals in their efforts to address real-world problems with bioethical dimensions

Credits and Format:

Two semesters of the integrative seminar will be required for all students admitted to the Bioethics M.A. program on or after January 1, 2013 who are also pursuing contemporaneously a second graduate degree at CWRU. It is intended to be a 0-credit seminar. The course will meet for two hours per month during fall and spring semesters.

Required Reading:

Required reading will consist of one book each semester, which will vary across semesters. The work to be selected as a reading each semester must be amenable to review and critique from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in addition to Bioethics. Possible selections include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Abraham, L.K. (1993). Mama might be better off dead. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  • Bourgois, P. (2003). In search of respect: Selling crack in El Barrio. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kaysen, S. (1993). Girl, Interrupted. New York: Vintage Books.
  • Shuchman, M. (2005). The drug trial: Nancy Olivieri and the science scandal that rocked the Hospital for Sick Children.Canada: Random House.
  • Sheehan, S. (1983). Is there no place on earth for me? New York: Vintage Books.
  • Stephens M. (2002). The treatment: The story of those who died in the Cincinnati radiation tests. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Sterk, C.E. (1999). Fast lives: Women who use crack cocaine. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Toth, J. (1993). The mole people: Life in the tunnels beneath New York City. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press.