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Bioethics Curriculum

Tackling the big questions
by Rob Peeler Apr 11, 2017

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Undergraduate Programs

The Penn State Bioethics Program offers undergraduate minor in Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Students in this program address fundamental issues in bioethics about when life begins and ends, and how to resolve tensions between a physician's clinical judgment and the patient's wishes. They also explore the novel ethical challenges posed by recent technological advances in fields such as stem cell research and brain implant surgery. However, Penn State students go beyond what is often called “quandary ethics,” and consider broader questions of health policy and global health. They learn to tackle the big questions in bioethics. For example, is there a human right to health care, and if so, what are the limitations on such a right and on whom does the obligation fall to satisfy it?

Graduate Programs

Penn State offers a unique dual-title Ph.D. program in bioethics that allows and requires students to combine bioethics with one of a number of other disciplines discipline. We also offer graduate minors at the Master's and Doctoral level. For more information about the graduate program, please go to the Bioethics Program website.