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. At Duquesne University's Center for Global Health Ethics, students, professors and healthcare ethics professionals come together to explore scenarios, issues and current events in healthcare ethics, and ask difficult questions that drive meaningful change in various ethics fields.

The Center provides scholarly and professional training in healthcare ethics consistent with the Catholic, Spiritan identity of Duquesne University. The University is committed to an ecumenical atmosphere that is open to diversity in order to celebrate education for the mind, heart, and spirit, and to cultivate academic excellence, ethically responsible judgment, and social justice in a globalized context.

International Partnerships

The Center for Global Health Ethics is setting up a network of international collaboration with partner institutions in the field of global bioethics.

The purpose of such partnership is to facilitate exchange of students and researchers among the institutions as well as to establish common project in bioethics education and research. Agreements have been signed with the following institutions.

  • Azerbaijan Medical Association (AZERBAIJAN)
  • University of St Thomas d’Aquin, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • Universite de Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Programa de Bioetica (Colombia)
  • School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb (Croatia)
  • Yenepoya University, Mangalore, Karnataka (India)
  • Ukhta State Technical University, Ukhta, Komi Republic, Russian Federation (Russian Federation)
  • Platform of Bioethics, Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja, Logrono (Spain)

Degrees and Programs

  • The Ph.D. degree is a research degree that combines academic and clinical education to train students in a systematic and critical manner to be scholars in the field. Hence, the Ph.D. dissertation focuses on appropriate research and writing competencies to be successful scholars in the field.
  • 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.
  • The doctoral curriculum requires twelve courses (36 credits) beyond the Master’s degree.
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  • The Ph.D. degree is a research degree that combines academic and clinical education to train students in a systematic and critical manner to be scholars in the field. Hence, the Ph.D. dissertation focuses on appropriate research and writing competencies to be successful scholars in the field.
  • 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.
  • The Doctoral Curriculum requires twelve courses (36 credits) beyond the Master’s degree.
  • Baccalaureate Admission track requires sixteen courses (48 credits) beyond the Baccalaureate Degree.
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  • The School of Nursing and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Center for Global Health Ethics are offering an interdisciplinary PhD in Nursing Ethics. This one-of-a-kind PhD program in Nursing Ethics combines doctoral courses in Nursing and Healthcare Ethics. This online program may be completed in four years, with select residency requirements, including a study abroad component.
  • Calculated Credits:
    26 credits - Nursing
    12 credits - Health Care Ethics
    3 credits - Cognate
    6 credits - Dissertation
    = 47 Total Credits
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  • The M.A. degree program includes a total of ten courses (30 credits), one required course plus nine courses selected from the general Healthcare Ethics courses. The required course is a general graduate-level introduction to ethics. The nine HCE courses will be chosen by the student with advisement according to the student's interest.
  • Candidates for the Master of Arts in Healthcare Ethics are eligible to receive a Master of Arts Scholarship through the Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School that can reduce their degree costs by 25%. Please visit the graduate special awards website for specific details.
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  • The M.A. degree program includes a total of ten courses (30 credits), one required course plus nine courses selected from the general Healthcare Ethics and Catholic Healthcare courses. The required course is a general graduate-level introduction to ethics. The nine HCE courses will be chosen by the student with advisement according to the student's interest. The Research Projects and the Research Essay in the courses will deal with topics related to Catholic health care.
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  • A number of law schools nationwide offer joint degrees in healthcare ethics because such joint degrees are attractive to prospective students interested in pursuing jobs in health-related fields and may better qualify them for jobs in this expanding field. The required experiences in clinical settings offered by the joint degree will enrich students' appreciation of the various health-related practice areas and the range of legal issues they are likely to face in practice. The joint degree is structured so that a student will be able to graduate in three to four years with both degrees if desired.
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This minor focuses on moral values and ethical dilemmas in regard to health, disease and healthcare. It studies these values and ethical queries integrating a diversity of approaches with an attention to global concerns.

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Center for Global Health Ethics