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Health Policy and Management

Concentration in Bioethics & Health Policy PhD Curriculum

Summer Term Workshops
550.860.82 Academic & Research Ethics  Introduction to On-line Learning Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Prevention Training Plagiarism Prevention Training

First Year
140.621.01 - 140.624.01 Statistical Methods in Public Health I - IV
221.616.01 Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries
300.704.01 HPM PhD Capstone
300.713.01 - 300.715.01 Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy I - II
300.721.01 - 300.723.01 PhD Seminar in Health Policy I - III
306.625.01 Ethical Issues in Health Policy
306.650.01 Public Health and the Law
306.665.01 Research Ethics and Integrity
306.861.01 Graduate Doctoral Seminar in Bioethics (Terms 1-4)
340.721.60 Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I 
700.603.01 Introduction to Ethical Theory
700.605.01 Methods in Bioethics Health Policy/Public Health Elective (Terms 1-4)

Second Year
300.741.01 PhD Seminar in Health Policy: Using Secondary Data to Conduct Health Policy Research
306.861.01 Graduate Doctoral Seminar in Bioethics (Terms 1-4)
300.840.01 Special Studies and Research (Terms 1-4)
300.870.01 - 300.871.01 Research and Proposal Writing I - II Moral and/or political philosophy elective (Homewood or Georgetown) (Terms 1-4) Advanced Bioethics course (E. Baltimore, Homewood or Georgetown) (Terms 1-4)

300.750.01 Teaching at the University Level

The Graduate Seminar in Bioethics alternates each week with the Berman Institute biweekly public seminar.  Students are expected to attend both the Graduate Seminar in Bioethics and Berman Institute Seminar to fulfill their graduate seminar requirement.  Students are expected to participate in the graduate seminar during their first two years of the program and are strongly encouraged to participate as much as their schedule allows in subsequent years of the program.

All students in the bioethics concentration are required to take a total of three semester-length courses on moral or political philosophy or advanced bioethics (for a total of 15 course units). Within this, students must complete one moral or political philosophy course and one advanced bioethics course and can choose to take one more of either to complete this requirement. Moral philosophy course offerings at Homewood and Georgetown are semester long (5 units; equivalent of two SPH academic terms) and specific course offerings differ each Term/Year. Advanced bioethics course offerings are available through the Masters in Bioethics program (E. Baltimore) or through Homewood or Georgetown. As noted above, Homewood and Georgetown courses are semester long (5 units). To complete the Advanced Bioethics requirement on the E. Baltimore campus students must complete two courses (total of 5-6 units).

Generally these requirements are completed during the second year of the program.  Examples of courses that have fulfilled these requirements in the past are noted in the department's PhD handbook.  Many additional courses may fulfill the moral philosophy or advanced bioethics course requirement; the student’s advisor must approve other courses.

Once students have completed all of the required and elective coursework, they must maintain a full-time registration (12+ credits per term) for the duration of their program. Students who have not yet passed the school-wide oral exam should register for 12 credits of special studies (300.840) with their advisor to work on their thesis proposal; once a student has passed the school-wide oral exam, they should register for thesis research credits, 301.820.