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Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics


Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, Concentration in Health Ethics and Policy

The AMBI Doctorate of Professional Studies program with a concentration in health ethics and policy is designed for working, health care professionals who possess a master’s degree in bioethics, or equivalent, and who seek advanced education and training in both knowledge and applied skills pertaining to health policy in the context of bioethics. This degree aims to provide trainees with advanced level knowledge and practical skills in preparation for assuming professional leadership roles in health ethics and policy.

Prerequisites for entry into this program include a master’s degree in Bioethics or equivalent, as well as evidence of academic preparedness to pursue doctoral level studies. Qualified applicants will include health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains. However, we also welcome civil servants, program mangers, and group leaders who work in research administration and policy. Applicants with a legal and administrative background who wish to pursue further education in health policy and ethics would also be a good fit for this program.

Students who participate in this DPS track will complete 12 hours (4 courses) where they develop practical skills towards policy and program analysis and development, and facilitation and conflict resolution. Students will also complete 15 hours (5 courses) of online elective courses and 3 hours (1 course) of online doctoral research project, which may be a traditional doctoral thesis, 2 publishable journal articles, or an advanced, applied project in the student’s workplace. Tuition for each 3-credit course is currently $2,500. Starting in the fall 2014 term, tuition will be increased to $2,575 per 3-credit course.

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639.

 

Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, Concentration in Clinical Ethics Consultation

The AMBI Doctorate of Professional Studies program with a concentration in clinical ethics consultation is designed specifically for working, health care professionals who possess a master’s degree in bioethics, or equivalent, and who seek a fellowship level training, both knowledge and applied skills, in clinical ethics consultation. The reasons for creating this program were twofold: 1) there is a growing concern that all clinical ethics consultants be able to demonstrate advanced training necessary to perform state of the art consultations and 2) most working health care professionals doing clinical ethics consultations seeking such advanced training are unable to spend one or two years full-time in an onsite fellowship training program. Because AMBI faculty has over a decade experience offering graduate programs in bioethics, running an active ethics consultation service for over 15 years and offering fellowship training in clinical ethics consultation the AMBI DPS in Bioethics with a concentration in clinical ethics consultation was a natural and final extension of our efforts in graduate bioethics education.

Students in this program are required to work in, or have easy and ongoing access to, a hospital clinical setting in which they have contact with patients and families.  Students must be currently performing ethics consultations in this clinical setting to be eligible for this concentration.  Thus, most qualified applicants will be physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains, but we will also welcome applicants with a legal and administrative background who spend at least part of their time performing clinical ethics consultations.  Students also must have prior master’s level education in bioethics, with some evidence of focus in clinical ethics.

Students who participate in the DPS will use their professional work environments as the clinical training ground as they complete a total of 15 hours (5 courses) of advanced online fellowship courses related to clinical ethics consultation and mediation, 12 hours (4 courses) of online elective courses and 3 hours (1 course) of online doctoral research project, which may be a traditional doctoral thesis, 2 publishable journal articles, or an advanced, applied project in the student’s home hospital. Tuition for each 3-credit course is currently $2,500. Starting in the fall 2014 term, tuition will be increased to $2,575 per 3-credit course.

The advanced fellowship courses include carefully structured clinical practical in coordination with AMBI faculty supported by agreed upon mentors and institutional authorities at each student’s home institutions. At the end of the program graduates will be required have a portfolio of 32 case consultation reports and will have demonstrated advanced level mastery of the ASBH Core Competencies in clinical ethics consultation.

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639.