Doctorate of Professional Studies

The Doctorate of Professional Studies programs are designed for working health care professionals who possess a master's degree in bioethics or equivalent. Students must also display evidence of academic preparedness to pursue doctoral level studies.

The Doctorate of Professional Studies program with a concentration in clinical ethics is for those students who seek advanced education and training in both knowledge and applied skills pertaining to medical ethics. This degree aims to provide trainees with advanced level knowledge and practical skills in preparation for assuming professional leadership roles in healthcare ethics. Ideal candidates should be interested in expanding their current clinical role to include addressing ethical issues in healthcare, such as serving on a clinical ethics consultation service, institutional ethics committee or IRB. See Curriculum

The Doctorate of Professional Studies program with a concentration in health ethics and policy is designed for students who seek advanced education and training in both knowledge and applied skills pertaining to health policy in the context of bioethics. Qualified applicants will include health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains. However, we also welcome civil servants, program mangers, and individuals 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. See Curriculum

Recent Publications by Our Faculty


Crane, JT, Fabi R, Pacia D, Neuhaus CP, Berlinger N. “We’re Here to Take Care of Our Community”: Lessons Learned From the U.S. Federal Health Center Covid-19 Vaccine Program. Health Promotion Practice. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/15248399221151178

Gligorov, N. (2023), What is an Identity Crisis? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 30 (3-4): 34-58.


Applewhite, MK, Kearse LE, Mohamadipanah H, Witt A, Goll C, Wise B, Korndorffer JR Jr, Pugh CM. Developing a longitudinal database of surgical skills performance for practicing surgeons: A formal feasibility and acceptance inquiry. Am J Surg. 2022 Jan 1:S0002-9610(21)00783-2. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.12.035. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34998521.

Crane, J. T. (2022). Mass Incarceration and Health Inequity in the United States. In M. Halliwell & S. A. Jones, The Edinburgh Companion to the Politics of American Health (511-529). The Edinburgh University Press. 9781474450966_Chapter_30.pdf

Hoffman DP. Risk Reduction for Alzheimer's Disease, Setting a Goal for All of Us: The Science and the Time are Right to Incorporate This into Public Awareness, Public Health and Healthcare Practice. Ann Bioethics Clin App 2022, 5(4): 000244.

Hoffman DP and Robitscher J. Disinformation, Misinformation and the Multiplying Impact of the Pandemic and Beyond. Ann Bioethics Clin App 2022, 5(1): 000220.

Mellgard, G., & Gligorov, N. (2022). Complexity, Not Severity: Reinterpreting the Sliding Scale of Capacity. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 31(4), 506-517. doi:10.1017/S0963180122000111

Brannigan, M. C. "Caregiving, Carebots and Contagion". Lexington Press, Rowman & Littlefield, February 2022. Information and Discount.


Applewhite, M., Chakravarthy, V., and Krishnaney, A. "Ethics of Decision-Making in Metastatic Spinal Disease." World Neurosurgery. 148: 1-3, April 2021.

Hoffman, D.P., Mertzlufft, J. Ethics of Healthcare Personnel Declining Covid Vaccine Is it Ethical for Healthcare Professionals to Decline the Covid19 Vaccine if it is Available? Ann Bioethics and Clinical Applications 4(2) DOI: 10.23880/abca-16000180.

Hoffman, D.P., Robitscher, J.R., Mertzlufft, J.; Ethics and the Prevention of Chronic Disease. Ann Bioethics Clin App 2021, 4(1): ABCA16000161 (003).pdf

Gligorov, N. & Vitrano, C. (2011). The Impact of Personal Identity on Advance Directives. Journal of Value Inquiry, 45(2): 147-158.

Hoffman, D., Stewart, A., Breznay, J., Simpson, K., & Crane, J. (2021). Vaccine Hesitancy Narratives. Voices in Bioethics, 7.

Gligorov, N. & Langston, C. (2021) Do You Remember Who You Are? The Pillars of Personal Identity in Dementia, in Living with Dementia, eds: Veljko Dubljević and Frances Bottenberg, 39-54. Advances in Neuroethics. Cham: Springer.

Tenenbaum, E. Assessing Consent to Intimate Sexual Relations Among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia in LIVING WITH DEMENTIA, NEUROETHICAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES (Springer Nature 2021) (Veljko Dubljevic and Francis Bottenberg eds.).