Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics: The Fordham University Graduate Certificate Program in Health Care Ethics is a four-course educational sequence designed to provide students with knowledge and critical thinking skills to enhance their understanding of and participation in discourse regarding ethically-relevant policy decisions affecting mental and physical health care treatment and research.  Drawing upon the strengths and expertise of Fordham faculty from the humanities and the social and physical sciences, the certificate program exposes students to multidisciplinary perspectives on the religious, moral, sociopolitical, cultural, legal, and professional values underlying current ethical controversies on policy-relevant issues such as:

  • Advanced directives for treatment and research
  • Ethics issues surrounding death and dying
  • Health insurance and managed care 
  • one course in American literature before 1910 (American 1)
  • Federal regulation of gene therapy and reproductive technologies
The program is administered under the auspices of the Center for Ethics Education, which was created in 1999 to promote high-quality teaching, research, and service through the intellectual appreciation of moral values and critical thinking regarding ethical practices.

The Certificate Program’s curriculum consists of four courses, three discipline-based courses and one capstone course.  At least one of the discipline-based courses must be from a humanities discipline, and at least one must be from a social sciences discipline; the third discipline-based course may be from either a humanities or a social sciences discipline.  The fourth required course is an interdisciplinary and team-taught capstone course.

The capstone course is taught in conjunction the Spring Lecture Series, which is sponsored each year by the Center for Ethics Education.  Each year three to five national and international leading scholars in the area of Health Care Ethics serve as Fellows of the Center for Ethics Education.  While at Fordham for the Spring Lecture Series, each Fellow delivers a University-wide lecture, meets with faculty and students in the Certificate Program, and participates in one or more of the class meetings scheduled as part of the Program’s capstone course.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers courses which count for credit towards the Certificate degree both at the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campus.  Furthermore, some courses offered at Fordham Law School also qualify for credit towards the Certificate degree.

Admissions: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a Fordham University graduate program may become eligible for the Certificate Program by applying for admission (either as a matriculated or non-matriculated student) to one of Fordham University’s graduate programs.  The Certificate is administered under Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; however, eligibility is also open to Fordham graduate students (matriculated or non-matriculated) enrolled in programs outside of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

All applicants must submit documentation showing that they have completed at least 9 credits of graduate course work, and have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for master’s-level or higher-level courses.

Applicants currently enrolled in a graduate program at Fordham University must submit a “Graduate Program Coordinator Approval Form,” completed and signed by the Chairperson or Graduate Coordinator of the program in which the applicant is enrolled.

For descriptions of recent courses please visit Fordham's Online Course Catalog or review on program website.

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