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Alden March Bioethics Institute Introduces Another  Online Certificate

ALBANY, N.Y., July 3, 2013 — The Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) at Albany Medical College is now offering an online bioethics doctorate program emphasizing health ethics and policy, one of only two such programs in the United States.

The AMBI Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.) degree will provide students with  the expertise to handle a wide range of ethical dilemmas faced in the health care system. The program is designed specifically for working health care professionals — physicians, nurses, social workers, lawyers, and chaplains — who possess a master’s degree in bioethics or equivalent. 

This is the second online doctoral program offered by AMBI. Another focusing on clinical ethics consultation started last year.

Wayne N. Shelton, Ph.D., the program’s director, said, “An understanding of ethics as it relates to policy is critical in this ever-evolving health care environment. The online model provides the flexibility necessary for health care professionals to advance their careers in the field of ethics.”

One of the pioneers in providing bioethics in medical education, the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College was founded in 1993 to provide medical ethics education, develop an ethics consultation service, and promote high quality, useful research and scholarly works on important ethical issues. AMBI’s programs include required coursework in medical ethics for Albany Medical College students, an on-site and online master’s program  in bioethics, and a Scholar’s Program in Bioethics for medical students. AMBI operates a full-time ethics consultation service at Albany Medical Center for physicians, nurses and other health care providers, patients and their families.

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