Why study Bioethics?

Bioethics lie at the intersection of human experience, medical practice and scientific technology. It refers to the interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary application of the humanities and social sciences to health education and its practice. It provides insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood and our responsibility to each other. It also helps us understand how bioscience and health care take place within cultural and social contexts and how culture interacts with the individual experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Students interested in a certificate in Bioethics will develop their skills in observation, analysis, empathy and self-reflection. This certificate will help students identify, analyze, and resolve moral and social conflicts as they might arise in the care of patients and new technology and research. It heightens a student's sensitivity to the health care experiences of others as well as technological advancements and how those are shaped by social, political and cultural circumstances.

A certificate in Bioethics gives an edge for students interested in any aspect of the health care industry.

In today's rapidly accelerating world of scientific, technological, cultural and political transformations, the health care industry faces challenges that transcend traditional academic disciplines.

The demand for professionals who can synthesize the ethical, social and practical aspects of health care continues to grow. In our world, where advances in science and technology often outpace our ability to understand and cope with new concepts and situations, the need for deep grounding in medical humanities is particularly acute for new professionals.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

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Students in the UC College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

The department sponsors a vibrant speaker series and an annual colloquium featuring multiple speakers addressing a single theme. Undergraduate students are expected to attend these events. One of the best ways to experience the thrill of philosophy is to observe professional philosophers debating the issues with one another. Undergraduate students will have opportunities to speak with and ask questions of visiting speakers.

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Vanessa Carbonell
206 Arts & Sciences Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6325

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Program Code: 15CRT-BIOE-C2