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Dual Degree Programs


J.D./M.S. - Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College

Bioethics and health law constitute broad and dynamic public policy arenas that encompass and range of individual patient care situations, health care delivery mechanisms and systems, and the health care industry standards, with several separate components but interrelated and stakeholders: patients, providers, insurers, drug companies, researchers and innovators, and regulators. The areas of bioethics and health law have expanded in part because of the increased complexity of relationships in the health care field and the intense fragmentation of the American health care delivery system. Knowledgeable and skilled, including cross-trained, ethicists and health lawyers are uniquely qualified to deal with the complexity and fragmentation now, and certainly in the future. Thus, the dual JD/MS programs are designed for law students who wish to add structured bioethics training concurrently to their formal legal education. Because the Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) Master of Science in Bioethics Program is a personalized education program utilizing distance-learning innovations, qualified law students may add bioethics credentials to their resumes while completing their JD degree requirements.

Career opportunities in bioethics and health law are often posted by organizations such as the American Society in Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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With Albany Law School
Albany, New York

The applicant must be accepted and matriculated in both programs through the admissions process of each program to be enrolled in the dual degree program. For more information about applying to the AMBI Bioethics program, contact the Coordinator of Graduate Programs at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639.

J.D./M.S. students must complete a total of 10 courses. The online and onsite courses include empirical bioethics, research ethics, classic cases, clinical ethics and others. Students also complete a required master's project, choosing a traditional thesis, two publishable journal articles, or a practical project. Law and bioethics joint degree students can satisfy master's requirements by taking three specified courses at Albany Law School. Students can also count 12 credits earned in the Master of Science in Bioethics program toward their J.D. at Albany Law School. Because students can "double-count" courses, they can complete a J.D./ M.S. in Bioethics in three to four years. Albany Law School students may also satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement and the bioethics final research project by completing one research paper that satisfies the requirements of both programs.

The Alden March Bioethics Institute works closely with Albany Law School to create a plan of study that accommodates both schools' schedules. M.S. courses are offered fall, winter, spring and summer to give students flexibility in completing their requirements. The M.S. in Bioethics and the J.D./M.S. Degree programs are registered by the New York State Board of Regents.

 

With Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama

The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and Albany Medical College offer the dual degree program in law and bioethics jointly. Applicants must be admitted independently to both the Cumberland School of Law (for the Juris Doctor degree) and the Graduate School of Albany Medical College (for the Master of Science in Bioethics) and also be admitted to the dual degree program by each school. The applicant must be accepted and matriculated in both programs through the admissions process of each program to be enrolled in the dual degree program. For more information about applying to the AMBI Bioethics program, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Programs at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639. Because of degree requirements, dual J.D./M.S. students should declare their interest and enroll in the program before the start of their second year of law school to maximize course planning for concurrent study.

As with the traditional Master of Science in Bioethics Program, the dual JD-MS student must complete a total of 10 courses for 30 graduate credits to be awarded the MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College. The online and onsite courses include empirical bioethics, research ethics, classic cases, clinical ethics, and others. Students also complete a required master's project, choosing a traditional thesis, two publishable journal articles, or a practical project. In this regard, Cumberland School of Law students may also satisfy the Law School’s senior writing requirement and the bioethics final research project by completing one research paper that satisfies the requirements of both programs. Students should consult the appropriate persons to assure the chosen project format will satisfy both requirements.

Law and bioethics dual degree students can partially satisfy master’s requirements by taking three specified courses at Cumberland School of Law to earn at least 9-credit hours in the AMBI master’s program. Students can also count 12 credits earned in the Master of Science in Bioethics program toward their J.D./M.S. degree requirements at Cumberland School of Law. Because students are awarded dual credit for some courses, they can complete a J.D./M.S. in Bioethics in simultaneously within the three years of law school with good planning. Of course, students must be aware of the rigorous nature of the dual program requirements and the intensities demanded when planning coursework.

The Alden March Bioethics Institute works closely with Cumberland School of Law to create a plan of study that accommodates both schools’ schedules. MS courses are offered in four 10-week terms—Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer—to give students flexibility in completing their requirements.


M.D./M.S. in Bioethics Dual Degree Program with Albany Medical College

Medical students at the Albany Medical College who demonstrate outstanding ability and potential through their work in the Scholars in Bioethics Program are eligible for the combined M.D./M.S. in bioethics program. This combined program will allow qualified students to receive both the M.D. and the M.S. in bioethics by taking an extra year during medical school, usually between the 2nd and 3rd years, to focus exclusively on bioethics. The purpose of this program is to prepare future physicians, particularly those with an academic orientation, to pursue bioethics as an area of specialization during their medical careers.

 

M.S. in Bioethics/Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences Dual Degree Program with Albany Medical College

Graduate students already accepted and enrolled in the onsite Basic Medical Sciences program at Albany Medical College who demonstrate interest and outstanding ability are eligible for the combined M.S. in Bioethics /Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences program. This combined program will allow qualified students to receive both the Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences and the M.S. in Bioethics. Students generally enter the M.S. in Bioethics program during their third year of Ph.D. studies and pursue the degrees concurrently with some course work applicable to both programs. The purpose of this program is to prepare future scientist/ethicists, particularly those with an academic orientation, to include bioethics as an area of specialization during their careers.

 

Albany Medical College is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to award the MD degree and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSA) to award PhD and MS degrees. The dual Cumberland School of Law-Albany Medical College and the Albany Law School-Albany Medical College J.D./M.S. in Bioethics Programs are registered by the New York State Department of Education.


For more information about any of our dual degree programs, please contact us at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639.