Joris Gielen, Ph.D., Peter Ikechukwu Osuji, C.S.Sp., Ph.D., Henk ten Have, M.D., Ph.D., Director, and Gerard Magill, Ph.D., Innovative Leaders of the Center.

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Center for Healthcare Ethics

Healthcare ethics is an interdisciplinary field in a globalized context that engages clinical, organizational, professional, and research issues related to medicine, science, law, policy, social science, and the humanities.

The Center for Healthcare Ethics is part of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, having offered degree programs in healthcare ethics since 1993.

The Healthcare Ethics academic program trains scholars and professionals in the field of health care ethics. In addition to academic courses there are clinical ethics rotations and internships that provide Mentored Apprenticeships in Ethics Consultation supervised by our faculty. It also sponsors lecture series, networks and affiliations that bring together thought-leaders in healthcare ethics to work internationally on issues of importance.

The David F. Kelly Bioethics Lecture

Western Medical Research in non-Western Contexts: Questions, Imperatives, and Challenges

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 1:00-2:30 p.m.
African Room, Duquesne University

Godfrey B. Tangwa, PhD

Founder and chairperson of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative

Godfrey B. Tangwa, PhD, is a recently retired Professor and former Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. Born in Shisong in the Northwest Region of Cameroon, he attended Sasse College in Buea and the Universities of: Nigeria in Nsukka, Ife in Ile-Ife, and Ibadan in Ibadan. He lectured at the University of Ife from 1978-1986 and joined the University of Yaounde in 1987. He has been a member of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB) since it started in 1992, was on its Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003 and served as Vice-President of the association between 1999 and 2001. He is currently the Chairperson of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (CAMBIN) which he founded in 2005.

News & Events


  • Attend the 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics. For more information view their website.
  • Dr. Gielen's Multicultural Society and Healthcare Ethics Syllabus now available here.
  • Dr. Magill's Methods Syllabus now available here.
  • Dr. ten Have's Research Ethics syllabus available here.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Osuji for receiving the Rev. Alphons Loogman C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grant in African Studies for his research Informed Refusal of Treatment in African (Igbo) Traditional Medicine in Imo State, Nigeria. View his abstract.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Gielen on his Faculty Development Fund grant award. He wil conduct research in cooperation with the School of Nursing. Click here to read the abstract
  • Recently released books by our faculty: Bioethics Education in a Global Perspective and Religious Morality in John Henry Newman



Grad Programs

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Students with a Bachelor's degree in a field related to health care ethics, such a humanities degree with a major or minor in ethics, are eligible to apply for admission to a doctoral program.

The Baccalaureate Admission track requires sixteen courses (48 credits) beyond the Baccalaureate Degree.All Healthcare Ethics (HCE) programs include academic courses and clinical ethics rotations or internships. Students may study full-time or part-time. Part-time students must take a minimum of 2 courses each fall and spring semester. Typically, HCE degree courses are taught in the afternoon and evening.

The courses are designed with a focus on research competencies. This will better facilitate the writing of dissertations.

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