What will I learn?

The Doctoral Curriculum requires twelve courses (36 credits) beyond the Master’s degree. After Comprehensive Exams, both Doctoral Degree Programs require 6 credits of dissertation hours. The Research Projects and the Research Essay in the courses will deal with topics related to Catholic health care.

Students in HCE MA Degree track who continue on in the Doctoral Degree programs must complete 6 additional courses after their 10 MA courses, so that 16 courses (48 credits) have been completed before they apply for the comprehensive examination.

Baccalaureate Admission track requires sixteen courses (48 credits) beyond the Baccalaureate Degree.

The Ethics Rotation Program is titled, Clinical and Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE). The Program provides HCE students with an experience-based curriculum to learn in a supervised, step-by-step manner the scholarly knowledge and professionals skills for providing ethics services in health care. The curriculum focuses on integrating clinical, organizational, and professional ethics across the healthcare organization. The program also seeks to provide a Mentored Apprenticeship to train students to undertake clinical ethics consultations, including the pre-consultation phase.

The junior rotations (HCE 746, 747) are intensely supervised and occur at UPMC Mercy Hospital which is adjacent to Duquesne University. The senior rotation internships (HCE 781, 782), in which students function as an ethicist-in-residence, occur at UPMC Mercy Hospital or at another healthcare institution. HCE has multiple partnerships with local, regional, and national health care providers to facilitate these internships. Internship duties include professional ethics education for facility personnel, ethics research, policy review or development on ethical issues, and prospective and retrospective case consultation. Each three-credits Internship requires approximately 150 hours of work within the assigned facility.

Typically, ethics rotations and internships may be initiated after completion of 18 credit hours of coursework. The CORE Program adopts an Integrated Ethics approach, as developed by the Veterans Health Administration, to implement the Core Competencies for Clinical Ethics Consultation (recently revised by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities).

Project (DHCE)

The DHCE degree is a professional degree that combines academic and clinical education to train students in a systematic and critical manner to be clinically oriented professionals in the field. Hence, the DHCE project is a practical endeavor that focuses upon the appropriate clinical and writing competencies to be successful professionals in the field.

Which department am I in?

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
USD $1,363 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall, 600 Forbes Avenue,

PITTSBURGH,

Pennsylvania,

15282, United States

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
USD $1,363 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Undergraduate degree from a four-year, degree-granting institution, A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Students with a Bachelor's degree in a field related to health care ethics, such as a humanities degree with a major or minor in ethics, are eligible to apply for admission to a doctoral program.

The University requires the following minimum scores* for general admission consideration: TOEFL (iBT) 80; IELTS 6.5; Duolingo English Test 105.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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