Michael J. Deem, Ph.D., Peter Ikechukwu Osuji, C.S.Sp., Ph.D., Henk ten Have, M.D., Ph.D., Sarah Stockey DHCE., Joris Gielen, Ph.D., 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, 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.


Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to students Andrew Harrington, Adele Flaherty, & Fr. Travis Stephens (not pictured) for their induction into the Honor Soceity of Phi Kappa Phi!

AFMC Company Grade Officer Chaplain of the Year

Congratulations to Chaplain, Capt. Damien Gipson for his award from the Air Force Material Command for Chaplain of the Year!

2019 Graduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to Asmat Islam for winning the Award for Graduate Research in Ethics with her presentation titled, Moral Obligation of Buying the Best Baby: Revisiting Arguments for Non-Medical Sex Selection in Global Commercial Surrogacy. 

Click here for more picutres and information about our students in the 2019 Graduate Reseach Symposium

Medical School Acceptance/Army Commission

Congratulations to PhD student, Army Second Lieutenant Alexa Vercelli, who was recently sworn in and will attend Liberty University's College of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall!

Residency Match

Congratulations to Dr. Hande Atalay for matching with a residency program in Internal Medicine at UPMC McKeesport! 

Hande will also be defending her dissertation proposal on Wednesday March 20th, 2019.

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

Please click the following links to access course syllabi:

The syllabi have been moved! To access the Spring 2019 syllabi, please click here to navigate to the new Student Academic Resources page or scroll down to the Current Student Resources Tab.

Summer 2019

HCE 658: Intensive Research in Healthcare Ethics

News & Events

Congratulations to Dr. Joris Gielen who has been named Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts!

Please see this article in the DU Times for more information.

Dr. Henk ten Have meets Pope Francis at the occasion of the annual conference of the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome, June 2018. In his speech to the Academy, Pope Francis advocated a global vision of bioethics based on "the irrevocable dignity of the human person". The Academy has set up a working group on Global Bioethics under the chairmanship of Dr ten Have.

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.

Current Student Resources