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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.

Requirement for Successful Completion

The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  Students will complete three required courses totaling 9 credits, and then choose three courses from the Berman Institute course list totaling 9 credits to fulfill the 18-credit requirement to complete the certificate program. 

All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework.  All courses must be completed within a three year period.

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 check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term


Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.






Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.





Core Courses (9 credits required)

700.601Foundations of Bioethics  3-1


Hot Topics in Bioethics





Introduction to Ethical Theory




Elective Courses (minimum of 9 credits)

700.604Methods in Bioethics3-3
700.621Ethics in Clinical Practice: Fundamentals, Problems and Approaches3-2
700.622Bioethics, Human Rights, and Global Health3-2
700.623Ethics and Decision-Making in Public Health 3--
700.625Bioethics and the Law3-4
700.630Global Food Ethics3--
700.632Ethics, Policy, and Emerging Biomedical Technologies* 3-4*
700.640Nutrition Ethics and Policy 3--
700.641Germs, Genes, Patients and Populations 3--
700.642Vulnerability in Childhood- From Ethics to Advocacy3-3
700.840Bioethics Program Independent Study2-1, 2, 3, 4, S, WI

*Course is offered every other year


Contact Information

Sponsoring Department

Certificate Program Contact
Name Penny White
Phone 410.614.5580

Faculty Sponsor
Name Travis Rieder