Health Care Ethics (CERT)
This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2021–Spring 2022 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.
Health care in the twenty-first century faces a series of ethical challenges arising from unprecedented advances in the medical sciences, combined with radical cultural and organizational change. The big business of health care can bring issues of social difference and injustice directly to our attention in the faces of individual patients.
The graduate certificate in Health Care Ethics is a 15-credit-hour interdisciplinary graduate certificate is drawn primarily from coursework already offered for the MA and can be completed in one academic year. The certificate focuses on issues of social justice and the importance of race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, and culture on health and health care. The certificate is designed to serve mid-career professionals, faculty and staff on hospital ethics committees, and students in graduate and professional programs who want to enhance their credentials.
Students may be admitted to the graduate Health Care Ethics certificate program in any of the three ways:
- Admission to any graduate or professional degree program at UofL, plus a letter of interest with the name of a faculty member who is willing to endorse the student's readiness to pursue the certificate;
- A graduate or professional degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning, plus a letter of interest with one professional reference; or
- Meeting the admissions requirements already established for the MA in Health Care Ethics.
|Select 9 hours from the list below:||9|
|Foundations of Bioethics|
|Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics|
|Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care|
|Health Care, Justice, and Community|
|Select 6 credit hours from the following:||6|
|Social and Cultural Theory|
|Integrative Bioethics: Self and Other in Theory and Practice|
|Independent Study in Bioethics|
|Multicultural and Diversity Issues|
|History of American Sexualities - WR|
|Race and the Law|
|Sexuality and the Law|
|Poverty, Health and the Law|
|Introductions to Health Law|
|PSY, MENTAL HLTH, & LAW|
|Genetics and the Law|
|Theories of Race and Racism|
|Fundamentals of Diversity|
|Health Communications Campaigns: Theory and Practice|
|Social Determinants of Health|
|Health Promotion Policy Development and Advocacy|
|Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology|
|Race and Ethnicity|
|Social Inequality & Stratification|
|Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services|
|Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice Practice|
|Issues in Policy and Service Delivery|
|Research Methodology and Design|
|Social Work and Human Sexuality|
|Death & Grief|
|Spirituality and Social Work|
|Minimum Total Hours||15|
Students may graduate with the Certificate after completing 9 credit hours of core Bioethics (BETH) courses plus 6 hours of electives drawn from either i) additional core courses, or ii) the list of approved electives in the HCE MA program, or another elective approved by the director of graduate studies for the Philosophy department.
At least 9 hours must be at the 600 level. An average of a B, with no more than one C, will be required for graduation.