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MSME Curriculum


The Master of Science in Medical Ethics requires 14 course units (CUs), including 4 courses in empirical methods, 4 units of mentored research, 4 required courses in specific content-areas of bioethics (i.e., clinical ethics, rationing, conceptual foundations of bioethics, and research ethics) and 2 elective bioethics courses.   These courses must be chosen in conversation with the student’s assigned mentor.  Students may also take elective bioethics courses from other Departments and Schools across the University, subject to approval from the student’s mentor.

Curriculum Overview:

  1. BIOE 701:   Proseminar
  2. BIOE 601:   Introduction to Bioethics
  3. BIOE 602:   Conceptual Foundations in Bioethics
  4. BIOE 565:   Rationing OR BIOE 580: Research Ethics OR BIOE 603: Advanced Clinical Ethics
  5. BIOE 605:   Mentored Research I
  6. BIOE 606:   Mentored Research II  
  7. BIOE 607:   Mentored Research III
  8. BIOE 608:   Mentored Research IV
  9. Elective I (BIOE or other relevant Penn course)
  10. Elective II (BIOE or other relevant Penn course)
  11. Methods I: Data Collection Methods [HPR 603, or the equivalent]
  12. Methods II: Data Analysis [HPR 607, or the equivalent]
  13. Methods III: Introduction to Statistics [HPR 604, MTR 600, EPID 536, or the equivalent]
  14. Methods IV: Applied Regression Analysis [HPR 608, or the equivalent]