Joris Gielen, Ph.D., Peter Ikechukwu Osuji, C.S.Sp., Ph.D., Henk ten Have, M.D., Ph.D., Director, and Gerard Magill, Ph.D., Innovative Leaders of the Center.

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Center for Healthcare Ethics

Healthcare ethics is an interdisciplinary field in a globalized context that engages clinical, organizational, professional, and research issues related to medicine, science, law, policy, social science, and the humanities.

The Center for Healthcare Ethics is part of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, having offered degree programs in healthcare ethics since 1993.

The Healthcare Ethics academic program trains scholars and professionals in the field of health care ethics. In addition to academic courses there are clinical ethics rotations and internships that provide Mentored Apprenticeships in Ethics Consultation supervised by our faculty. It also sponsors lecture series, networks and affiliations that bring together thought-leaders in healthcare ethics to work internationally on issues of importance.


We are pleased to announce the promotion of Alex Garvey, PhD to Senior Vice President of Mission for Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System in Greenville, SC, effective March 21, 2016. We would like to thank the Bon Secours Maryview's physicians and staff for creating a mentoring environment that prepared Alex for this significant career advancement.

Alex joined Bon Secours in December, 2010 and has served as the Vice President of Mission and Ethics for Bon Secours Hampton Roads as well as the Mission leader for Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Harbour View, Maryview Nursing Care Center, and Province Place of Maryview for the past five years. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Practical Theology from Barry University and his Doctoral degree in Ethics from Duquesne University.

From the Fall semester 2017 onwards, HCE PhD and DHCE students will have the opportunity to opt for a 12 credit concentration in empirical research methods (ERM) in the HCE Doctoral Program. In this concentration, students will not only become acquainted with empirical research methods in bioethical research through regular classes and hands-on training. They will also learn to reflect critically upon the relationship between normative and descriptive bioethical research. After an introduction in empirical research methods, students will opt for a focused course in either qualitative or quantitative research methods. These courses can be satisfied by other ERM courses at the discretion of the HCE Course instructor. They will also undertake two rotations in empirical research. These two rotations replace the clinical rotations 681 and 682 -  They may also undertake the HCE-646 and HCE-647 rotations but these are not pre-requisites for the empirical rotations.

Monday May 9th 2016 - Tuesday May 10th 2016
Holy Spirit College, University of Leuven, Belgium.

In bioethical publications and debates, the concept normativity is often used without consideration of the difficulties surrounding it. This is in fact surprising as within bioethics claims for normativity compete. We also cannot merely assume that a Western understanding of normative bioethics will be unproblematic in bioethics in non-Western cultures and religions. These fundamental problems challenge the current understanding of normativity in bioethics and need to be addressed in order to be able to understand and develop appropriate answers to bioethical issues in a globalized world. This conference will bring together contributions of specialists in bioethics and related disciplines with the aim of exploring new ways of understanding normativity in bioethics.
The conference will be open to a broader academic audience (graduate students and researchers).

May 25th - 27th, Logroño, Spain.

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

The Baccalaureate Admission track requires sixteen courses (48 credits) beyond the Baccalaureate Degree.All Healthcare Ethics (HCE) programs include academic courses and clinical ethics rotations or internships. Students may study full-time or part-time. Part-time students must take a minimum of 2 courses each fall and spring semester. Typically, HCE degree courses are taught in the afternoon and evening.

The courses are designed with a focus on research competencies. This will better facilitate the writing of dissertations.

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