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Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from our daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. And the skills it teaches — close reading, careful thinking, and the critique of ideas — apply to most areas of human endeavour. A background in philosophy is thus excellent training for many careers, and matchless preparation for life itself.

The graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics, which requires no previous background in philosophy, offers training in moral reasoning within the medical setting for those with undergraduate degrees who meet the graduate school’s and department’s entrance requirements. Students will develop skills in seeing, analysing, and resolving problems in the healthcare field. The certificate can be completed in three semesters.


Core modules:

• PHI 502 History of Western Ethics
• PHI 570 Bioethics

Focused Electives (choose three):

• HEA 501 Integrative Health
• HEA 512 Challenge of HIV/AIDS: ISS-IMP-PREV-CONT
• HEA 514 Approaches to Health Care Delivery
• HEA 537 Women's Health Issues A Transcultural Perspective
• HEA 550 Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health
• HEA 555 Women's Health Issues A Transcultural Perspective
• PHI 405 Feminist Theory
• PHI 522 Philosophy of Science
• PHI 582 Social Philosophy

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Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

Visit the Certificate in Healthcare Ethics page on the West Chester University website for more details!




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