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, part of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, has offered degree programs in healthcare ethics since 1993, and beginning with the fall 2018 semester, will be offering degree programs in Catholic Healthcare Ethics.

The Healthcare Ethics academic program trains scholars and professionals in the field of healthcare 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.


Recently Published
Advancing Global Ethics Volume 14
Dealing with Bioethical Issues in a Globalized World    
Normativity in Bioethics

Kelly Lecture 2019 - Click here to watch the presentation


A revised edition of the Center for Health Care Ethics Academic Handbook is available here.

Please click the following links to access course syllabi:

Current Student Academic Resources

Spring 2020 Lecture Syllabi

HCE 650/750: Beginning of Life Ethics
HCE-653/753: Genetics & Ethics
HCE-648/748: Clinical Ethics

Spring 2020 Clinical Syllabi

HCE 646/746-91: Clinical Health Care Ethics
HCE 647/747-91: Clinical Health Care Ethics

News & Events
HCE Students presenting at Nursing Conference

Rangos Prizes Pitch Competition - Finalist Forum

Four Minutes to Win It - Tues, Feb. 25th 2020Team 2

The John G. Rangos Sr. Prize is designed to inspire students and faculty to work to enhance our curriculum, ensuring that it remains relevant and prepares students for productive futures. Finalists will present their ideas at the public forum before a panel of judges and an audience. Five student teams and six faculty teams will be competing as finalists for the 2020 John G. Rangos Sr. Prizes. Winners will use the $1,000 prizes to develop their course, project or program at Duquesne.

Two teams from the Center for Healthcare Ethics will be competing as finalists with proposals to develop ethics simulations:

1. Improving Clinical Competency for the Next Generation of Ethics Consultants and Committee Members through Consultation Simulations by Hillary Villarreal, Andrew Harrington, Adele Flaherty, and Elizabeth Balskus

2. Hypo(ethical): Immersive Online Clinical Ethics Education for Healthcare by Anna Meurer and Sara Rahman

Team 1

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.