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Certificate Program in Bioethics 

Educational Objectives

  1. Describe the essential theories and methods that underpin the ethics of public health, clinical care, science and research;
  2. Recognize ethical issues and questions that arise in public health, clinical care, science and research;
  3. Articulate and critique policy and scholarly arguments to engage with long-standing and emerging debates in bioethics;
  4. Distinguish various ethics advisory functions in practice settings; and
  5. Apply ethical theories and methods to real-world ethical dilemmas. 


The certificate program is open to graduate students in all JHU programs, with the exception of Master of Applied Science candidates, who will need to complete their MAS degree program prior to applying to the certificate program. The program is also open to individuals who are not enrolled in degree programs at JHU.

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit the Bioethics Declaration of Intent form and the Bioethics Anticipated Course Schedule form to the  Certificate Program Contact prior to starting certificate program coursework.

Start term: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in term 1.

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student

Non-degree students must review the certificate admissions page for full information about the application process, including deadlines 

Start term: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in term 1.

Requirement for Successful Completion

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements.  The student's transcripts will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion form has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

Students should review the JHU e-catalogue page for this certificate program for a full list of certificate courses and requirements. 

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department

Certificate Program Contact
Name Penny White
Phone 410.614.5580

Faculty Sponsor
Name Travis Rieder