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, part of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, has offered degree programs in healthcare ethics since 1993, and beginning with the fall 2018 semester, will be offering degree programs in Catholic Healthcare Ethics.

The Healthcare Ethics academic program trains scholars and professionals in the field of healthcare 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.


Recently Published
Advancing Global Ethics Volume 14
Dealing with Bioethical Issues in a Globalized World    
Normativity in Bioethics

Kelly Lecture 2019 - Click here to watch the presentation


A revised edition of the Center for Health Care Ethics Academic Handbook is available here.

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Current Student Academic Resources

Spring 2020 Lecture Syllabi

HCE 650/750: Beginning of Life Ethics
HCE-653/753: Genetics & Ethics
HCE-648/748: Clinical Ethics

Spring 2020 Clinical Syllabi

HCE 646/746-91: Clinical Health Care Ethics
HCE 647/747-91: Clinical Health Care Ethics

News & Events

This summer, the Center for Healthcare Ethics led students on a three-week summer abroad trip to India about research ethics in global health, with an emphasis on social justice and global diversity. It included local hospital visits, learning about the healthcare system and palliative care programs, and seeing medical research institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. They also took excursions to Agra and Jaipur. #DuqAbroad 🇮🇳

Grad Programs

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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.