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Bioethics

Degree Options: Minor Only
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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Study the ethical complexities of the medical and scientific worlds.

In the modern age, astonishing medical and scientific advances are accompanied by challenging moral and ethical dilemmas. The bioethics minor at Fordham applies the insights of ethics directly to medical and scientific research, policy, and practice.

Administered by Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education, this multidisciplinary minor introduces students to critical moral questions and informed ethical decision-making on issues related to individual, public, and global health; professional health care decision-making; and health policy. You’ll look at big questions.

  • When does life begin and when does life end?
  • How do we devise research methods that are both scientifically and ethically valid?
  • What are our moral obligations to vulnerable populations?
  • How do we balance individual autonomy with larger public health concerns?
  • How do we ensure that health care resources are distributed fairly?

You’ll explore these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective, including classes in the humanities and sciences, and through lectures with leading internationally renowned ethicists.

Program Highlights

As a bioethics minor, you’ll take six required courses, including:

  • Introduction to Bioethics
  • Ethics in Research Across Disciplines
  • Humanities elective
  • Values elective
  • Social and natural science elective

Career Outlook

A background in ethics will prepare you for work in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals and clinics
  • nursing and assisted living homes
  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • academic institutions
  • institutional review boards
  • oversight and compliance boards
  • policy organizations
  • think tanks

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